ANC condemns new Zuma portrait

Gallery visitors take cellphone pictures of the painting entitled Umshini Wam by Ayanda Mabulu on 28 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.
'Umshini Wam' by artist Ayanda Mabulu went on display at the AVA gallery in Cape Town on 27 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Artist Ayanda Mabulu stands in front of his painting entitled Umshini Wam (Weapon of Mass Destruction) which went on display in Cape Town on 27 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC on Tuesday said it condemned any new public images portraying President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The new image shows the president dressed in traditional clothes, but with his penis exposed.

Artist Ayanda Mabulu’s portrait was displayed at an exhibition at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town on Monday.

The painting is titled ‘Umshini Wam’ and is priced at around R75,000.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said, “The projection of the president in an indecent manner is an insult to him, his family and the people of South Africa.”

Mabulu has denied he is sparking controversy just for the sake of doing so, saying he wants to challenge fellow South Africans to speak up.

The work received mixed reaction from people at the gallery, with some laughing out loud and others criticising the image.

One art lover said the painting will spark debate and dialogue.

Earlier in 2012, the ANC held mass protests against Brett Murray’s ‘The Spear’ painting.

The party went to court to try and remove the portrait, but the painting was destroyed by two men at Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu & Lindiwe Mlandu)

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