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Outrage over controversial painting of President Zuma in sexual act with late Nelson Mandela

The latest painting by controversial artist, Ayanda Mabulu, which portrays President Jacob Zuma in a sexual act with the late former President Nelson Mandela emerged on Thursday and caused a stir on social media.

Mabulu titled his painting “Economy of Rape”.

Artist Ayanda Mabulu has defended his painting saying he’s merely expressing his views on the current situation in the country. The painting is interpreted as raping the former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy. he spoke to Sakina Kamwendo.

“Whilst we respect Mabulu’s freedom of expression, we find his work grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste,” the African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said in a statement.

Mabulu is no stranger to controversy. He courted trouble last year when he painted Zuma performing a sexual act with controversial businessman Atul Gupta in a cockpit of an aeroplane.

Another of his paintings, titled “Spear Down My Throat (The Pornography of Power)” in 2015 depicted Zuma with his manhood in the throat of a woman (representing South Africa) while she was being penetrated by a hyena in a Victorian suit.

Mabulu’s paintings have sparked outrage in certain quarters and heated debate around freedom of expression and respect for the rights of individuals in recent years.



  1. Chris Bankz

    April 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Gaddemit!! wahrisdis?? even if you wanna express ya sef why dis choice of expression?? choii!



    April 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    So without that kind of painting/drawing he can't send his message across through other means? Smh. Our world is full of pervert.

  3. pure inspirations

    April 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    This is disgusting. Is there no better way for him to express his thoughts other than this? Personally I think it's a representation of how warped and dirty his mind is.

  4. Derrick Chidumebi

    April 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What kind of expression is that?

  5. Ife Leke

    April 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    This is terrible. They call everything art this days. I just wonder if you cannot do art without being disgusting. This is Mandela for crying out loud the man who sweated blood for you to have the freedom you are misusing now.

  6. Carina K Jacob

    April 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm


  7. Angie Cape

    April 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Ayanda Mabulu the Psycho…

  8. babyeyez

    April 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    This is so disrespectful

  9. babyeyez

    April 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    This is so disrespectful

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