- The highly controversial and critically acclaimed anti-Zuma artist Ayanda Mabulu has gone into hiding after being attacked at his studio 4 months ago
- Mabulu is best known for his graphic paintings of Jacob Zuma
- The artist vowed to keep painting despite the attack and constant death threats
The highly controversial and critically acclaimed anti-Zuma artist Ayanda Mabulu has gone into hiding after being attacked at his studio 4 months. Mabulu is best-known for his graphic depictions of Zuma
Mabulu has been forced out of his Newtown, Johannesburg studio and now works 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 at any given time.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Mabulu and his brother were attacked at his studio four months ago. “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.”
Mabulu said he did not cower away from his attackers because the moment a person shows fear the attackers have won.
He says the last couple of months have been hell and says he lost a lot of weight because of the stress. Mabulu said he nearly lost his children.
Mabulu’s contempt for Jacob Zuma is well-known and he once again did not mince his words when he spoke about the former president. “It’s going to take the country a very long time to recuperate from all the crap he has caused for us. He needs to be dealt with accordingly by a court of law.”
Mabulu is currently working on a piece of art which depicts South Africa’s journey from 1993 up until the present day, the piece will be shown in London before being auctioned off
The artist says he will continue his controversial work, despite Zuma not being in power anymore. Mabulu says his art isn’t only about Zuma but about the ANC and the corrupt officials in the party. He says as much as the paintings were about Zuma he was only the face of the beast.
Mabulu challenged young artists to produce works which would spark conversations about the problems South Africa still face.
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