Controversial artist at it again with Zuma, Gupta ‘brown nose’ painting
There's been mixed reaction to Ayanda Mabulu’s latest Jacob Zuma painting on Twitter & other platforms.
JOHANNESBURG - Controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu has painted yet another explicit image of President Jacob Zuma - this time to drive forth the message of the 'Zupta state capture'.
The latest painting depicts a fully-clothed Zuma performing a sexual act on a naked Atul Gupta in the cockpit of an aircraft adorned with the flags of the African National Congress (ANC).
While the initial reaction seems to be that of utter shock, most tweeps say they believe the artist has taken his freedom of expression too far.
Ayanda Mabulu painting: pic.twitter.com/LE0BTXmQfj— SihleMlambo ✍🏿 (@SihleSays) July 12, 2016
Ayanda Mabulu pic.twitter.com/9YNiJ5T8SG— Maso Adam (@MasoAdam) July 12, 2016
Ayanda Mabulu is a disgrace. I'm not Zuma's fan but Mabulu has gone too far.— lm 🇿🇦 (@_lethabo17) July 12, 2016
i dont like Zuma neh, but Ayanda Mabulu is super disrespectful.. like the f?? pic.twitter.com/iWCkiNFgPe— kebaabetswe (@prim_kay) July 12, 2016
Ayanda Mabulu has the *weirdest* thought about the president. pic.twitter.com/3vwlDAhgTq— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) July 12, 2016
Reacting to another painting of the President by Mabulu last year, in which Zuma is portrayed sexually abusing a woman, his son Edward Zuma rushed to his father's defence.
In a statement, Edward said having nude pictures of his parent published under the guise of freedom of speech was the worst form of the abuse of democracy.
This sentiment has been echoed in reaction to the latest painting.
Ayanda Mabulu is very disrespectful. Our president has wives, kids, & grandkids. Maybe we should paint his family and tell us how they feel.— Ob (@ObD_Skwaks) July 12, 2016
Others took a direct swipe at the artist, saying he needs 'help'.
It's time Ayanda Mabulu got help. This can't be normal.— Boitumelo (@amandamokala) July 12, 2016
When the debate around his earlier depiction gripped South Africa, Mabulu said he was not taking his criticism too far, as the African National Congress (ANC) was milking South Africans and molesting democracy.
The painting showed a woman, who symbolises South Africa, having oral sex with Zuma while another figure is have sex with her from behind.
He also lashed out at members of the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) for marching in defence of Zuma's dignity.
WATCH: ANCWL marches on Union Buildings in defence of Zuma's dignity
The artist said it seemed the ANCWL march was a political stunt right on time for the municipal elections this year.
At the time, Mabulu said it was time people who have been marginalised by government speak out about the way they are being treated.
WATCH: Ayanda Mabulu speaks to Eyewitness News on controversial painting in which Zuma is portrayed sexually abusing a woman
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