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Artist hurt by removal of Zuma painting

The work titled Yakhal’inkomo - Black Man's Cry, is about the deadly Marikana shooting.

Ayanda Mabulu’s Yakhal'inkomo, which has been removed from display at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013. Picture: City Press

CAPE TOWN - A Du Noon artist has yet again landed in hot water after one of his paintings was removed from the walls of the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013.

Ayanda Mabulu's work titled Yakhal'inkomo - Black Man's Cry, is about the deadly shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

On 16 August 2012, 34 striking miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police.

The artwork depicts a kneeling miner with horns, representing a dead bull being attacked by President Jacob Zuma's dog - the police.

In the work, the president is seen stepping on a dying miner's head.

Another one of Mabulu's earlier paintings entitled Umshini Wam shows Zuma with his penis exposed.

Mabulu told Eyewitness News he is hurt that his painting has been removed.

"The painting speaks about the slaughter of black people, black miners, poor people and the marginalised, by those in power, including our president and those who control the economy."

He says through his paintings, he gets messages across from the viewpoint of the disadvantaged in the country.

"I'm going to continue talking about these stories regardless of who says what."

FNB Joburg Art Fair organisers held a press conference explaining the decision to remove the painting.

They argue the exhibition is not the right place to show the painting.

It has been replaced by one of Mabulu's other works.

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