'He's giving people chest pains' - Twitter responds to Ayanda Mabulu's latest project
Almost every time Ayanda Mabulu unveils his art pieces they trigger strong reactions, and things were no different with his latest project.
This time, the venue for Mabulu's reveal was the heart of capitalism, the JSE.
Staff at the building were greeted by a massive painting depicting Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste in a sexual act with a black woman, and the late AWB leader Eugène Terre'Blanche sitting on a toilet.
Also shown in the painting are Nazi and AWB symbols.
Other than the painting, Mabulu's display included pig heads with cash notes in their mouths. Some people believed this to be a swipe at law enforcement officials who take bribes.
Just as people were reacting to the painting and Mabulu's choice of venue for the launch, reports emerged that he'd been arrested in connection with his latest work.
Police later confirmed that there was no arrest. Mabulu had only been removed from the JSE precinct and warned not to return with his brand of art.
As always, Mabulu aroused mixed reactions on social media.
The painting I was told not to tell you about, has finally made its way into the public. @AyandaMabulu artwork on display 'guerrilla' style today, hanging outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. What's your thoughts?!— Oliver Meth (@oliver_meth) December 12, 2018
Ayanda Mabulu's art is no longer protected by Freedom of Expression because it depicts former #Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste getting blow job from a darkie woman. When it was Zuma on Mandela, it was Freedom of Expression. #AyandaMabulu pic.twitter.com/BOyxfVandy— Hloni Nyetanyane (@HloniNyetanyane) December 13, 2018
Remember when Ayanda Mabulu drew Former Presidents Jacob Zuma and Nelson Mandela? We were told it's Art, Satire, Figurative.. etc...— Ronald Rikhotso (@r_rikhotso) December 13, 2018
It's no longer art when he draws white people huh? They've thrown him straight to jail. Hypocrisy. 🙄 @bonglez plz make noise pic.twitter.com/17hi6wp97r