The Johannesburg Art Fair has, perhaps understandably, refused to exhibit a satirical painting by Ayanda Mabulu.
The work titled Yakhal'inkomo (Black Man's Cry), is about the deadly shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West. On
16 August 2012, 34 striking miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police.
The artwork depicts a miner depicted with bull's horns being attacked by President Jacob Zuma's dog - the police. The president is seen stepping on a dying
Mabulu told Eyewitness News:
The painting speaks about the slaughter of black people, black miners, poor people and the marginalised, by those in power, including our president and those who
control the economy.
I'm going to continue talking about these stories regardless of who says what.
Update: Dogs called off
1st October 2013. See
article from mg.co.za
A painting commenting
on President Jacob Zuma's perceived role in the Marikana shootings has been put back on display at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the Sunday Independent reported.
The organisers had removed Ayanda Mabulu's Yakhali'inkomo (Black Man's Cry) from the
exhibition, apparently to avoid jeopardising the government's financial support for the event.
The painting was put back up after photographer David Goldblatt, this year's featured artist at the fair, took down his work in protest.
to make a stand against what is a threat to the freedom of speech, Goldblatt told reporters: Self-censorship is a slippery slope that we know only too well.