A South African artist has caused outrage over a controversial painting which shows Nelson Mandela involved in a sex act with the current scandal-hit president Jacob Zuma.
Artist Ayanda Mabulu said his painting is meant to show how scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has violated the hopeful legacy of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of white minority rule in 1994.
Thousands of South Africans have protested against Zuma in recent weeks after his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister increased concerns about government corruption. Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has issued a statement saying that though it respects the right to freedom of expression it finds the “painting distasteful”.
The governing ANC says it finds the work “grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste – but the party also defends the right for the artist to express himself.
Mabulu has in the past drawn a number of pictures showing the president in $exually explicit positions.