The new painting of Jacob Zuma, by Ayanda Mabulu

by The Editor

FEATURE: President Zuma has brought this on himself. It is unfortunate, because much of the debate about this new painting (currently on exhibition at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town) will not be about the quality of the art, but all those euphemisms the ANC evokes to suppress freedom of expression – dignity, respect, culture, etc. I feel duty bound to post the picture, then, for two reasons: one, to demonstrate some consistency on this issue and two, to take a stand for freedom of expression, in the same way I did over The Spear. Thus, what follows below is the new painting of President Jacob Zuma, by artist Ayanda Mabulu. Read this blog to see it and, if you do, and you are sensitive about such things, make the choice to be offended and test your own tolerance and constitutional commitment. Choice is the essence of freedom, here is yours.

The new painting of Jacob Zuma, by Ayanda Mabulu

“Umshini Wam” (Weapon of Mass Destruction)
By: Ayanda Mabulu

28 August 2012

BACKGROUND: For those unfamiliar with Ayanda Mabulu, he actually predates Brett Murray on the controversy front. In 2010 he held an exhibition entitled ‘Un-Mute My Tongue’ which contained the picture ‘Better Poor Than a Rich Puppet’. Like The Spear, it too contained a representation of Jacob Zuma’s penis. So no one can acuse him of riding on Murray’s coat tails. Yet nothing was made of it, perhaps the definitive indication of the ANC’s and Zuma’s hypocrisy on this subject.

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