'Art being censored in South Africa'

Local artist says he will be fighting for his Marikana painting of Zuma stepping on a miner's head.

A demonstrator at a protest in front of Parliament against the 'Marikana massacre' on 17 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu says he will be fighting for his Marikana painting which is depicting the president stepping on a miner's head to still be viewed by the public at the weekend's FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Mabulu feels he has been silenced not to ask important controversial questions regarding the Marikana shooting in august last year.

Art Director for the art fair has said the painting is not appropriate for the art fair.

"At this stage I don't really want a controversial work that's going to cause unnecessary anger of politicians."

But the artist said it was unacceptable.

"It is questioning the ANC and the politics that we have today - killing its own citizens."

He is not happy that art is still being censored in South Africa almost 20 years into democracy.