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Mabulu lashes out at ANCWL over march to defend Zuma’s dignity

The artist depicts Zuma sexually abusing a woman in his latest painting, which has causes much controversy.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Artist Ayanda Mabulu has lashed out at the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL), saying they marched to the Union Buildings to defend the dignity of one man, President Jacob Zuma, while they have failed to protect the dignity of several women, including the widows of the Marikana massacre.

Mabulu depicts Zuma sexually abusing a woman in his latest painting, which has received strong criticism from the ANC.

Thousands of Women's League members marched on the Union Buildings on Friday, saying Zuma needs to be respected.

WATCH: _Thousands of ANC Women's League members marched through the streets of Pretoria for what they call "the defense of the revolution". _

Mabulu says it seems the ANCWL march was a political stunt right on time for the municipal elections next year.

"The ANC want to sound and look busy. The project a picture that says the ANC cares… for who? For one man?"

He says the league has the wrong priorities.

"My painting is not that important, compare to what's happening in the streets and compared to what's happening in every household of the marginalised people of this country."

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who received the ANCWL's memorandum on Friday, says artists must not use freedom of expression to abuse African cultures and respect for the elderly.

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

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