Artist Ayanda Mabulu, controversial some might say, has shocked South Africans once more with a painting of President Jacob Zuma in a sexually compromising position- penetrating the first Democratic President of South South Africa Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. This might as well be Mabulu’s most obscene work is his series of showing President Jacob Zuma and his genitals.
This explicit has divided views of social media users
The Nelson Mandela foundation has said in a statement that they find the painting distasteful.
❝The Foundation would like to express that it respects Mr Mabulu’s right to freedom of expression.
We however find this painting distasteful❞
Freedom of expression in the South African Constitution
Section 16 contains detailed provisions with regard to freedom of expression, stating “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.”
Section 16 contains the following limitations to freedom of expression “The right in subsection (1) does not extend to propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.”
Mabulu says his latest painting show President Jacob Zuma raping Madiba’s legacy and people have a right to see it how they want to, but that is just his point of view.
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