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Debate over Zuma painting rages on

The Wits School of Arts says one of the purposes of art is to mirror the views of society.

Artist Ayanda Mabulu spoke to EWN defending his graphic painting of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As debate rages over the latest controversial painting depicting a naked President Jacob Zuma.

The Wits School of Arts says one of the purposes of art is to mirror the views of society.

The graphic painting has been strongly criticised with many accusing the artist Ayanda Mabulu, of disrespecting the president.

The painting shows a woman who symbolises South Africa having oral sex with Zuma while another figure is have sex with her from behind.

Mabulu says he's not taking his criticism too far, as the African National Congress (ANC) is milking South Africans and molesting democracy.

Wits Professor Raimi Gbadamosi says boundaries are for those who think there should be limitations to the human imagination.

"Someone can argue that one purpose of art is to hold a mirror up to society, and if it does that job it might not be savoury or it might be delightful. As long as it performs the role it sets out to carry out in the first place, I would argue that this is the role of art."

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