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Mabulu: I'm not threatened by Zuma’s son

Edward Zuma has said he would ‘physically defend his father’ over a controversial painting of the president.

FILE: Artist Ayanda Mabulu’s painting which depicts a nude President Jacob Zuma with a naked young girl has received mixed reactions nationwide. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Artist Ayanda Mabulu says he's not scared of Edward Zuma, after President Jacob Zuma's son said he would have to physically attack him, for creating a painting depicting the president with a woman being sexually abused.

Zuma said yesterday he would defend his father physically, if need be. He confirmed this morning that he would have to physically tussle with Mabulu if he came into contact with him.

Mabulu says he's got nothing to fear.

"As far as I know, he is some fat belly somebody who is being fed, wherever he is; who didn't even fight for the democracy of this country."

He says Zuma's threats won't stop his work.

Mabulu says he created the artwork because he wanted to depict how he believes the president is running the country.

"I fear no man. I don't fear him. As long as I am doing what's right, because my painting speaks about how his father is conducting himself politically and he is treating people; especially the marginalized of this country; ill."

But Zuma says the artist has abused his right to freedom of expression.

The president's son says that his father has been the victim of a campaign by people in the media.

LISTEN: Edward Zuma explains his 'physically defend' comments

Mabulu also says that if Zuma really wants to improve the situation, he should speak to his father about how he's running the country.

To read the full statement by Edward Zuma, click here.