ANC slams ‘vulgar’ Zuma-Gupta painting

ANC slams ‘vulgar’ Zuma-Gupta painting

122
789

Johannesburg – The ANC has dismissed controversial Joburg-based artist Ayanda Mabulu’s latest works as “vulgar and disrespectful” and called on South Africans to condemn them.

Mabulu’s latest exhibition, on display at Constitution Hill, sparked a social media controversy on Tuesday night with respondents divided on whether it was art or not. The exhibition, Post It’s#1, opened last Thursday and runs until July 24.

Ayanda Mabulu's controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma on display at Constitution Hill.
Ayanda Mabulu’s controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma on display at Constitution Hill.

Mabulu is one of 11 “born free” artists exhibiting their work on the theme of the country before and after democracy.

In one painting, Zuma is portrayed in the cockpit of an aeroplane with Atul Gupta against a backdrop of an ANC flag. The elder Gupta brother is naked and is bending over, with his buttocks in Zuma’s face, as Zuma sticks his tongue out.

In the second painting, Zuma is seen sleeping on a chair, a loin cloth over his waist with his genitals exposed.

On the floor lies a packet of McDonald’s chips, as well as a condom, a pair of panties, a stiletto and a copy of the constitution. There are two men on either side of Zuma, dressed as Spanish bullfighters, holding his hands as he sleeps.

Speaking to The Star on Wednesday morning, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa did not mince his words.

Read more: Outcry over Zuma-Gupta sex painting

“It is nothing but vulgarity, disrespect and the abuse of freedom of expression. The paintings undermine the right of media and press freedom and also go beyond what satire is about.

“All self-respecting South Africans, including the media, should condemn this. You don’t find a way of exercising your freedom of expression by undermining the dignity of another person,” he said.

Kodwa said party leaders were campaigning for the ANC for the municipal elections and did not have time to entertain the issue of the exhibition.

Four years ago, when artist Brett Murray painted Zuma as Lenin with his genitals exposed, the party launched a furious campaign, including marching to the Goodman art gallery where his work was being displayed.

Kodwa said if Mabulu’s intention was to detract from their election campaign by releasing those controversial paintings now, he could not be more wrong.

“If this was his way of detracting us from our campaign, it is not going to work. All media practitioners must condemn this, and organisations like the SA National Editors’ Forum must be the first to express their disgust,” he said.

This is not Mabulu’s first brush with controversy. An earlier painting titled Umshini Wam (my machine gun) showed Zuma in traditional attire with his private parts exposed. In another piece about the Marikana massacre, Mabulu showed Zuma’s dog attacking a miner with the president about to stand on the head of another miner as a concerned-looking Julius Malema looks on.

Another showed Zuma in what looks like a circus tent, holding a teddy behind his back. A woman, who has a saddle on her back, is bent over performing a sexual act on him while a man wearing old European-style clothes with the face of a hyena is having sex with her too.

Mabulu previously explained that the painting was about South Africa’s young democracy being raped by mining and commercial interests as politicians benefited.

The Star was unable to get current comment from Mabulu.

The Star

122 COMMENTS

  1. I simply want to say I’m beginner to blogs and absolutely savored you’re website. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your site . You really have remarkable articles and reviews. Cheers for sharing with us your blog.

  2. Excellent post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Very useful info specially the final section :) I care for such info a lot. I used to be seeking this certain info for a long time. Thanks and good luck.

  3. An share that is impressive i simply given this onto a colleague who was simply carrying out a tiny bit investigations with this. And then he in fact bought me personally breakfast because i came across they for him.. look. So allow me to reword that: Thnx for your combat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to talk about this, i’m firmly about this and love reading much more about this topic. If possible, as you turn into skills, might you thinking updating your site with increased facts? It’s highly ideal for me. Big thumb up because of this post!

  4. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “By nature, men are nearly alike by practice, they get to be wide apart.” by Confucius.

  5. Aw, this was a really nice post. In concept I wish to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and on no account seem to get one thing done.

  6. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  7. Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and simply could not come across. What a perfect web site.

  8. We’re a gaggle of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with useful info to work on. You’ve performed an impressive activity and our entire neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.

  9. Hey there would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

  10. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.” by Harry S Truman.

  11. Great goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too magnificent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

  12. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What a great site.

  13. This is the right blog for anybody who desires to find out about this topic. You notice so much its virtually laborious to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You positively put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  14. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  15. After study a handful with the content material inside your internet website now, and that i genuinely such as your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark internet internet site list and are checking back soon. Pls look into my internet site as properly and tell me what you believe.

  16. After examine just a few of the weblog posts in your website now, and I really like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website listing and will be checking again soon. Pls check out my web page as effectively and let me know what you think.

  17. Next time we look over a blog site, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me whenever this option. I am talking about, it is known by me was actually my personal alternatives to read through, but I actually believe youd has some thing fascinating to express. All I listen are a lot of complaining about one thing you could fix in the event that you werent also busy wanting focus.

  18. Have yyou ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles?

    I mean, what you ssay is important and everything. However just imagine if you added some great phoyos or video clips to give yourr poss more, “pop”!
    Youur conent is excellent but with images and videos, this site could
    certainly be one of the most benefiicial in its niche.

    Terrific blog!

  19. Here is the best weblog for anyone who desires learn about this subject. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to dispute that I actually would want?HaHa) with you(not. You actually set a new spin on a topic thats already been discussed for years. Great items, simply big!

  20. Aw, this was a really nice post. In thought I wish to put in writing like this in addition – taking time and precise effort to make an outstanding article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and under no circumstances seem to get something done.

  21. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read more things about it!

  22. naturally like your web-site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the reality on the other hand I’ll certainly come again again.

  23. Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any support is very much appreciated.

  24. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your web site in internet explorer, would test this… IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a good component of other folks will pass over your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  25. you’re in reality a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible. It sort of feels that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have done a fantastic process on this subject!

  26. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  27. A formidable share, I just given this onto a colleague who was performing a bit of analysis on this. And he actually purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! Even so yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading a lot more on this subject. If potential, as you grow to be expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with more details? It’s highly valuable for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog submit!

  28. Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Thank you

  29. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  30. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  31. Great blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Kudos!

  32. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i am glad to show that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I such a lot definitely will make certain to do not put out of your mind this website and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  33. Throughout the awesome design of things you’ll get an A for hard work. Where exactly you actually misplaced me was first in your facts. As as the maxim goes, the devil is in the details… And that could not be much more true here. Having said that, let me say to you what exactly did work. The article (parts of it) can be rather convincing and that is probably the reason why I am taking the effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Secondly, while I can see the jumps in reason you make, I am not confident of how you seem to unite your details which inturn make the actual conclusion. For right now I shall yield to your issue however hope in the future you link the facts better.

  34. Can I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You certainly know the strategy to bring an problem to mild and make it essential. Extra folks should read this and perceive this aspect of the story. I cant consider youre not much more popular since you positively have the gift.

  35. 54LMSi You acquired a really useful blog site I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your accomplishment is extremely considerably an inspiration for me.

  36. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. But think of if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this site could certainly be one of the very best in its field. Excellent blog!

  37. Terrific paintings! That is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around the web. Disgrace on the search engines for not positioning this put up upper! Come on over and consult with my website . Thanks =)

  38. I know its itself is free for personal file sharing….but people are also upload a content which is copyrighted….downloading this is illegal in uk or not? becoz we are not uploading like torrent only downloading.. Its anywhere illegal but people r still downloading in some countries like india, pak becoz the ISP do not say anything….thats im asking is this same thing is happening in uk also?.

  39. Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  40. Private Krankenversicherung – Nur dann, wenn Sie sich f?r die Absicherung ?ber die Rentenversicherung entschieden haben, dann k?nnen Sie sich sicher sein, dass Sie im Alter so viel Geld haben, damit Sie Ihren Lebensstandard halten k?nnen.

  41. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  42. We have them in all sizes, small annd enormous, to
    branded choices similar to Grace Glass and Black Leaf You will even find a whole class devoted too pay attention rigs !

  43. You can definitely see your skills within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart. “No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.” by Honore’ de Balzac.

  44. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

  45. I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours nowadays, but I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours. It¡¦s pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the internet will probably be much more helpful than ever before.

  46. La magie existe je vous le confirme, je vous conseille de visiter Blackma qui est un plateforme africain réunissant plusieurs marabouts, chefs spirituels, médiums et voyants pour aider des gens comme vous et moi dans tous ces problèmes du quotidien que nous rencontrons. Je vous conseille de visiter leur site http://www.blackma.be

  47. I think this is one of the most important information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things,
    The web site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

LEAVE A REPLY