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Mabulu: The country is being milked dry by the ANC

The artist has explained the controversial painting of Zuma, which has sparked nationwide reaction.

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 artist of yet another controversial painting depicting President Jacob Zuma - this time with no underwear - says he is not taking his criticism too far, as the African National Congress (ANC) is 'milking' South Africans.

Ayanda Mabulu's latest painting depicts a naked president with a young naked women.

The ANC has not been available for comment.

Mabulu says its time people who've been marginalized by government speak out about the way they are being treated.

"The young girl in the painting is being milked; the country is being milked dry by the ANC. It's a molestation of this young democracy."

At his gallery in Fordsburg, Mabulu says he hopes this new art piece will make the ANC and the president think about the country's young democracy.

"It will talk to him, it will keep him awake at night. When he wakes up in the morning, he will need an energy drink."

A photo of the painting has received strong criticism from across the country, with many accusing the artist of being disrespectful to the president.

'NO ONE SHOULD KEEP QUIET BECAUSE OF CULTURE'

The artist insists South Africans need to ask more questions of their leader.

He says his painting has nothing to do with women who have been sexually abused, but rather the country which has been ill-treated by those in power.

Mabulu says no one should keep quiet about the abuse of power, simply because of cultural beliefs.

"Come on, we are people, we are human. There is no culture that says you can't question the president because the president is a cultural man."

Mabulu says the only way the country can deal with its issues - is by facing them head on.

"We are dealing now with the attitude of what this man is using. We hang it on a canvas and crucify it, so that the man can change."

Although no gallery has agreed to display the painting, the artist has vowed not to stop being critical of government and the president.

WARNING : Graphic content of a sexual nature. Click here to see Mabulu's painting of President Zuma.

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