Mandela Family Unhappy with Mabulu's Depiction of Madiba and Ramaphosa

Mandela Family Unhappy with Mabulu's Depiction of Madiba and Ramaphosa

- South African artist Ayanda Mabulu recently revealed his latest controversial art piece

- The painting features Cyril Ramaphosa and Nelson Mandela celebrating the death of Chris Hani, who was shot by Ramaphosa and who is still holding the rifle

- The Mandela family has since shared their thoughts on the painting and have referred to it using a number of unpleasant terms

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Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu has revealed his latest contribution to the art world - a very controversial painting of Nelson Mandela and a gun-bearing Cyril Ramaphosa standing together.

In the painting, the former president and the current president appear to be laughing and celebrating the fact that Hani is dead. In the background, a naked man also appears to be urinating on the dead struggle hero's body.

While many have expressed appreciation of the art, the Mandela family is anything but happy. The family has said that the artwork is distasteful and is "promoting black-on-black hate." They have also accused Mabulu of disrespecting their culture, which finds nudity disrespectful.

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According to an IOL article, the family also expected someone who calls themselves a Rastafarian to have a "healthy" respect for other people and their cultures, also adding that Mabulu is in the "pockets of white people."

Meanwhile, locals have had this to say about the painting:

@ryanpetersen40 said:

"Crowd funding to have this mural painted on the biggest most visible buildings in the country the truth must come out... and to the Mandela family, what have you done to continue the struggle?"

@DaveJVS said:

"I would say pretty accurate to the current state of affairs in the country."

@TheComingRevol2 said:

"I was browsing his work and I bet this guy watches a lot of pornography. His artwork is highly sensitive for public consumption."
Mandela Family Unhappy with Mabulu's Depiction of Madiba and Ramaphosa

The Mandela family is unimpressed with Ayanda Mabulu. Image: Felix Dlangamandla/ Foto24/ Gallo Images
Source: Getty Images

Briefly.co.za reported a few years ago that the highly controversial and critically acclaimed anti-Zuma artist Ayanda Mabulu has gone into hiding after being attacked at his studio.

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Mabulu is best-known for his graphic depictions of Zuma. Mabulu had been forced out of his Newtown, Johannesburg studio and was working from a highly secure secret location.

Mabulu has vowed to keep painting despite the attacks on his life and receiving a number of death threats.

Briefly.co.za discovered that Mabulu and his brother had been attacked at his studio four months before he went into hiding.

“Two guys came into the studios with guns and threatened to kill us. I thought to myself, if this is what I’m going to die for, then let it be, just make it as quick as possible.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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