Outrage after painting shows Mandela and S. African president Zuma in apparent sex act
A South African painting showing the president in what appears to be a sexual act with Nelson Mandela is stirring outrage as well as calls to respect freedom of expression.
Artist Ayanda Mabulu said his painting is meant to show how scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has violated the hopeful legacy of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of white minority rule in 1994.
Thousands of South Africans have protested against Zuma in recent weeks after his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister increased concerns about government corruption. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Thursday that it respects Mabulu’s freedom of expression but finds the painting “distasteful.”