The respect and appreciate one receives when in a public position of authority must be a fulfilling experience, but it can also get a bit tough sometimes, as President Cyril Ramaphosa must have discovered after being gifted a touching but hilarious portrait drawn by an adoring fan.
Mzansi was in stitches after an artist drew a odd-looking portrait of the leader as a gift while he was on the campaign trail in Gauteng. Fikile Mbalula found hte gesture to be moving and indicative of the respect Ramaphosa has garned with the people, and shared hte image on social media.
However, Twitter users once again had no chill and quickly shared their views on the image, perhaps making Rasta feel a little bit more secure about his position as Mzansi’s portraitist, Briefly.co.za found.
South Africans on Twitter joked that Ramaphosa must have accepted the painting because he didn’t want to be rude while others joked that Rasta must have started an art academy to share his skills as a dis-figuration artists, and that it is already producing graduates.
One user felt the painting looked like North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un or Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel.
But taking a positive spin on the drawing, one user pointed out that the artist must be young and up-and-coming and with time, their skills will develop nicely. Others felt that it did actually look like Ramaphosa, but just a chubbier more jolly version.
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