New Zuma painting 'insulting to all'

2012-08-29 22:11

Johannesburg - A painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed is an insult to all South Africans, Cosatu said on Wednesday.

"The painting is not only deeply offensive to the president personally, but to his family and all South Africans, regardless of their position," Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

Ayanda Mabulu's painting Umshini Wam (Weapon of Mass Destruction) went on display at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town on Monday night, as part of the Our Fathers exhibition.

Craven said Zuma, like everyone else, was entitled to be treated with respect.

The Star quoted Mabulu as saying: "The painting depicting Jacob Zuma is a respectful one. He is clothed in his culture. He is clothed in his manhood. He is not naked."

  • DJPJVS - 2012-08-29 22:43

    Given the amount of time Zuma's private parts and lifestyle have been in the news I think that we just no longer should care.

      karaboandries.mokoena - 2012-09-03 11:35

      thanks 4 saying that someone had to bring it up wec just dont care

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-29 22:51

    Cosatu I am not offended. You do not have the right to speak on my behalf.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-30 07:00

      Most is not all and all is not most

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-30 08:56

      Uh, they said ALL SOUTH AFRICANS...

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-29 23:29

    Cosatu Please you don't represent every body I don't think you ever represent your members, maybe you represent the interests of the BEE elite but not me, As far as I am concerned the can paint Zuma white the his backside in the air and glitter on little Jacob......Crap I think I am going to be sick..... I am going the have that image in my head.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-29 23:53

      Haha @ Sarel, they may not represent their members, but trust me, they are keeping them well covered, in case they get painted too!

      sarel.brits - 2012-08-30 01:49

      @Sharon, Yes that's true and following the “miner” incident they must be feeling a bit....dismember`d, hence the attention seeking reaction to this un noteworthy story LOL

  • Riffak Traws - 2012-08-29 23:59

    Zuma is an insult himself. Was there really no other better candidate to run for prez? Eish

  • - 2012-08-30 00:09

    PS : Patric Craven does not, nor will he ever Speak for me, or include me in his Comments. Im not one of his "all south africans" he usually states

  • fred.warren.986 - 2012-08-30 00:22

    I don't see what the big fuss is about? The painting only depicts Zuma in his traditional dress. This is what the big chief would had looked like before the Europeans brought civilization to southern africa.

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-08-30 04:39

      The painting is a bit abstract and lacks artistic cohesion.I would have prefered if Zuma was barefoot and nude in the waistline.Now that he has shoes on his feet how can he have uncovered genitals?A cheap piece of art for gaining cheap popularity

      kiki.naidoo - 2012-08-30 07:12

      What u define as \civilized\ may not be the same definition to others, so don't think the europeans have a \civilized\ culture, when they shaped opression an suffering up africans. Shame.such narrow thinking.

      derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-08-30 08:14

      kiki if it wasnt for Europeans you wouldnt even have been able to post our language..on our computers, with wheels that uhm...well yes we know the rest of the story...take a tip...this is the part where you must rather keep quiet....

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-30 08:33 about mentioning the good things the europeans brought to africa for a change? Come come now, be honest...think of your designer clothes, make-up, your technology and gadgets you wont survive one day without, your ultra modern living spot built of brick, steel and concrete, your comfortable car, modern medicine, processed food, commercial farming, airplanes, commercial mining, electricity etc etc.........was and is it all that bad?

      ChronicDJ - 2012-08-30 12:23

      @derek, you right. She would have been doing it on Indian computers from India, where it would have been untarnished by the british and probably a world super-power. Your arrogance is appalling...

  • malesela.teffo - 2012-08-30 05:27

    Craven ur job discription includes speakin for COSATU, NOT \THE ALL\. WHO IS ALL? Was he not depictd in his own culture? As he always say \its my culture\. Craven ther r serious concern frm ppl who pay ur salary, do u even care? I doubt... ARENT U TIRED OF DEFENDIN HIM EVRY NW N DEN?

  • Khomotso - 2012-08-30 06:21

    Zuma must remember that he is the president not a womanizer. If he can try to zip his trouser he won't see all this funny pics. \r\nI hope zumanthashe won't waist our tax money buy paying buses to buy people to march again.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-30 06:33

    Its not the painting that's ' insulting to all'... Its the man in the painting that's insulting all South Africans......

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-08-30 06:35

    Who are you, Patrick Craven, to decide when something is offensive for the people of South Africa? Typical communist mindset. Go away with a looooong F.

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-08-30 06:38

    Not to me

  • Ali Aliberto Papi - 2012-08-30 06:39

    people we need to understand something,the guy is the damn president and we shall respect him,i compare him with all the kings in every cultire and surely yo'll guys would'nt do that to the likes of King Moswati,so please stop justifying the damn naked pic,you wrong,nomatter what he does but hes still our president until we decide to vote for someone...! stop being so ignorant

      IcemanGP - 2012-08-30 06:57

      Not my president. I don't idolize no one.

      Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-08-30 07:23

      I shall not have respect for a president who looks the other way when farmers who provides food gets killed on a regular basis. All the ANC does is make promises and the people voting for them is too stupid to see it. There are people living in the same conditions for the last 18 years.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-30 08:01

      @Ali Aliberto Papi: You say a lot but I to have a question: By who's standards? Who is the "we" you refer to?

      robbie.crouch - 2012-08-30 08:24

      King Moswati is also not worth respect the way he treats the Swazi citizens.

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-08-30 11:09

      "you wrong,nomatter what he does but hes still our president until we decide to vote for someone...!" A faction of the ANC has already decided to get rid of zuma end of this year, so it is only time but decision has been made he is not any longer presidents material

  • bamakhani - 2012-08-30 06:55

    I dont feel insulted anymore about Showerhead. I just dont want him as my President. It is time for change in leadership now.

  • bamakhani - 2012-08-30 06:55

    I dont feel insulted anymore about Showerhead. I just dont want him as my President. It is time for change in leadership now.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-30 07:01

    I am offended that Craven thinks he has a right to speak for me.I think this painting depicts all and is reflective.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-30 07:03

    this zuma truly took SA down the tubes in rapid time to the lowest ebb ever!

  • senzo.mathebula - 2012-08-30 07:14

    Ayanda Jahman smoked too much pot missed the Brett Murray saga. Come up with something new, we r over this!

  • samantha.samuel.376 - 2012-08-30 07:19

    It is definitely not an insult to me!!!! When will the masses see that the person they vote into power is raping our country

  • asdhasgd - 2012-08-30 07:20

    Yeah...i'm not offended. and i speak on behalf of all south africans with a brain.

  • Bless Sbu Thusi - 2012-08-30 07:25

    this is insulting if you people want I don't think these actions are the way, you must try and show respect, I know most people in the opposition of the anc, but these are politics insulting someone personally won't change the way things are, instead of coming with something new/new ideas how 2 change this and bring him down but u focusing on him personally.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-30 08:44

      You say that the people don't come with new ideas... one example; youth wage subsidy... the tri-partheid alliance want it gone, now what?

  • lucy.williamson.9235 - 2012-08-30 07:27

    I cant understand why such a fuss is being made of a piece of art showing a mans genitals. Art has been showing naked women for centuries but nobody complains about that. And African women have been going round topless for centuries but nobody goes 'how insulting' about that either. Obviously respect for women doesnt carry the same weight as respect for men. Is'nt today womens day? I think we gals should march to parliament and demand more respect from these twits.

  • malemaisawanker - 2012-08-30 07:32

    Patrick, or is it fatprick Craven you should stop kissing butt you commy retard. When I need a someone to speak on my behalf I'll nominate someone with a brain.

  • gembleton1 - 2012-08-30 07:37

    Zuma is a dick,show him as one, called freedom of speach.

  • ntsunyane.frederick - 2012-08-30 07:41

    when we gonna get a president who posseses qualities of a respected and dignified person.Our president lacks leadership skills.Batho ba mo pagama ka mokgwa o ba ratang.Cosatu must go to marikana to help workers and shut up.

  • Henry West - 2012-08-30 07:42

    Just another corrupt ass with a dick, who cares....

  • ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-08-30 08:04

    It just shows the mentality of you people.....i dont like Zuma as president, BUT HE IS and if we do not think that he has to be respected then its a sad day for our country.

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-30 08:35

      zuma?.....who is zuma?.....what country, where?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-30 08:57

      Respect is earned, not just handed out as a social grant! I cannot respect a man boob showing spear wielding alleged rapist womanizing corrupting national treasury raiding manipulating criminal like that.

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-08-30 08:10

    Im not offended at all...Zuma makes a good fashion statement with the traditional clothing...can anyone tell me where I can buy some of those outfits? You know Halloween is coming up soon and yes Ive also got a fancy dress party coming up where you have to dress like a barbarian...

  • ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-08-30 08:11

    It is a sad day for South Africans when this is the response to our president. Yes I do not think he is the right person for the job, but he represents our country and I think he needs to be respected as that. He was elected to that position and once his term is over paint what you like. And for those that are not offended by it, where were you guys when we really needed your voices and for you to take offence to certain government practices?????

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-08-30 08:19

    the only insult when it comes to jacob ,is jacob himself. its a insult to all south africans that he represents us us on the international stage. with him 'minister friends' robbing all south africans dry. zuma and his criminal gang is making an absolute state of lawlessness!

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-08-30 08:20

    They just do not get it do they? Freedom of expression is exactly that!

  • gary.dalton.75286 - 2012-08-30 08:21

    @Ayanda Mabulu :So just because you now explained the painting to us, it makes it right to show the president's male organ again? The black community( “Majority”) should condemn this painting. If not, then it tells the world, that the “majority” in South Africa are more racist than ever.(?) The “majority” rant and raved about the previous Bret Murry painting and how in the “majority’s” culture, "one does not show 'it'”; but now you are fine with it because you are “speaking” to your ‘father’? To me it looks like the “majority’s” backs are now against the wall and are confused by what to do. I’ll be watching the news to see what the “majority” will do…next…if any?

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-30 08:33

    Next time, COSATU and SACP, choose someone who is not an embarrassment to South Africa as a whole. You have a right to be indignant because he was your choice at Polokwane. He is one of your own.But it is clear that people are angry with him and with you. Let's hope that sanity prevails in the Mangaung conference and a person is chosen who embodies the principles of honesty, integrity, self-discipline, respect and responsibility. You might also begin to strive towards these principles as well, as so far your leadership choices leave much to be desired. And, this is not a black and white matter! It's not about Eurocentrism or any other plot by whites. It's just about common sense and common human dignity. It's a South African matter that affects all South Africans, even those who are forced to live overseas. Let's all strive towards a nation united in its diversity that can hold its head up in the international community with pride and honour. Let's discard the unworkable, and take on the workable so that we can all make this nation great by getting the nation to work.

  • danie.frederick - 2012-08-30 08:39

    These artists/s should stop this so called art. It is a gross insult to the dignity of our State President. No one deserve this nonsense!

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  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-30 08:53

    Proudly South African and not offended one bit :)

  • gaeleen - 2012-08-30 08:55

    why did he ruin what looked to be a decent painting

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-30 09:46


  • sean.potgieter.7 - 2012-08-30 09:48

    Who could give warm piss, if an attention seeking dickhead paints a picture of an even bigger dickhead with his junk hanging out??? Yes the dickhead in question is the President, and there are courtesy's and respect is afforded because of the position, but that position does not place you above any other civilian, and should not be exempt of inspection, scrutiny, and ridicule. Now if the Prez feels disrespected or hurt, he's more than welcome to speak up... So far I havnt heard a peep. What I have heard is the sound of minions making a noise and claiming the whole nation is affronted. As \one\ of the whole nation, I DON'T CARE, there are far more bigger(massive) problems we are facing. So pls , shut the F-up and get on with it! \r\n\r\nProud SA citizen.

  • cleo2001 - 2012-08-30 10:00

    Art reflects on what is happening in society. It has always been like that and it will always be like that. Sorry Cosatu. You are offensive by not understanding the basics of art. I am South African and by no means am I offended. I think the painting is a brilliant impression of what is happening in the SA goverment.

  • lwandle.dyasi - 2012-08-30 10:12

    Patrick, please speak for yourself. Who appointed you as a spokeperson for all South Africans?

  • smalefane - 2012-08-30 10:50

    @Sharon- of course, you are white. And although you are South African, never forget the words of Mbheki "Whites are settlers of a special kind". Remember, you are guests here-albeit permanent...try to show some respect to your hosts. And hey, I'm no racist.

      Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-08-30 11:36

      I was born here, so have the same right as you to stay here...

  • coachman.coaches - 2012-08-30 11:14

    - I am not offended. Please do not speak for me.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-08-30 11:21

    Personally, I think it's a clever and honest social commentary about our embarrassing president and the corrupt party cronies that put him in charge. One evil man in with a lust for power who is put in power can do more damage than any WMD. We only need look at how the vision of South Africa as a proud, united nation with incredible potential has fallen into a sea of unchecked corrupt, incompetence, racism, racial hate crimes, xenophobia and even genocide... Zuma is the ultimate WMD!

  • Michael - 2012-08-30 11:25

    He would not have done this painting in Zimbabwe, Why? i think this artist must loose his right to live in safe envoronment, so that he must learn to respect right of others dignity.

  • lisa.redhill - 2012-08-30 12:40

    Dont you have other issues to worry about? So pathetic

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-30 12:44

    Patric is now the art crit....

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-08-30 13:07

    I am not offended. I am getting used to it.If you flaunt it, then do not complain if someone makes a mockery of it, Mr Z.

  • Gerrit Henri Nel - 2012-08-30 18:41

    i think it is more embarrassing that there are people starving and dying in this country

  • siphiwom - 2012-09-27 15:43

    i think COSATU must begin to worry about employment issues that affect poor of the poor working class, and stop putting their nose where it is not welcomed. Marikana came and go, Vavi said nothing bcoz he was concern about re-election, he was dead silent on the Marikana issue. now he is talking. he is one of those fat cat Gwede is talking about.

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