Artists Mabulu, Zapiro on 'thin ice' - MKMVA

2016-07-26 08:00

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People visiting the art exhibition at the Constitution Hill were left speechless when viewing Ayanda Mabulu's Zuma-Gupta painting.WATCH

Durban – Artist’s Ayanda Mabulu’s “rabid hatred” of President Jacob Zuma is disrespectful, the ANC’s military veterans said on Monday.

“What is going to happen is that we will get into buses and go to those guys that are drawing those paintings and warn them that they can’t insult the president of the ANC,” Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Themba Mavundla told reporters in Durban.

He extended the warning to cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, aka Zapiro, who also had “this tendency”.

Freedom of expression was not freedom to insult, Mavundla said.

Mabulu’s latest painting, which was on display at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, depicts President Jacob Zuma licking the anus of one of the Gupta brothers, Atul, in the cockpit of a plane.

“The artist’s rabid hatred of our commander in chief has to be condemned by all as it is disrespectful, insulting and flies in the face of the values of ubuntu.”

The painting was one of four by the artist and formed part of a group exhibition centred on the theme of post-apartheid South Africa.

Mabulu’s earlier paintings of Zuma with his genitalia exposed indicated Mabulu was a “sadistic person”, Mavundla said.

He said Mabulu should not exhibit his art in public spaces.

“The president has got kids. Can you imagine what happens when they see these paintings?”

MKMVA members would whisper into Mabulu’s ear that he was treading on thin ice.

The Mail & Guardian quoted Mabulu as saying that he did not have an obsession with Zuma, but with “the hierarchical system where if you climb up, you can be looked at as a demigod, and we, the people on the ground, are looked at as nothing.”

The depiction of genitalia in his work was an act of unmasking.

“When I am stripping them out of their underwear, I am exposing the naked truth that is hidden,” he said.

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