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Controversial South African Artist Ayanda Mabulu was arrested Following His 'Blame it on The Boer' Artwork

The painter has once again sparked considerable controversy with his newest painting, this time about white people.

Yesterday, well-known protest artist Ayanda Mabulu was arrested following a public display of his latest artwork titled Blame it on the Boer outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton, Johannesburg.


Ayanda Mabulu is no stranger to the spotlight, given the often controversial nature of his artwork. His most recent painting depicts former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste who was involved in the biggest fraud in South Africa's corporate history and the late racist Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the AWB, a neo-nazi Afrikaner resistance movement.

The body of a black man is also seen hanging upside down while Steinhoff is depicted receiving fellatio from a black woman. All four figures are superimposed on several swastikas. The words "Blame it on the Boer" are placed at the bottom of the painting and refer to white people, but more specifically, Afrikaners. Surrounding the painting are the actual severed heads of pigs with hundred rand notes stuffed in their mouths.

Asked about the meaning of his latest artwork, Mabulu responded:

"'Every white racist, he's as filthy as that pig. I'm here to represent and speak on behalf of the highly undermined black people who have been robbed by white monopoly capital.''

Mabulu has produced several explicit artworks in the past, which some have not only termed offensive but tiresomely phallic, degrading of black women and controversial for the sake of controversy's sake. Others have asserted that it is necessary protest art. In September of this year, Mabulu released a painting entitled Unmasked Piece of Shit where he depicted the late former President Nelson Mandela in a Nazi salute, against the backdrop of a swastika. The piece deeply offended the Nelson Mandela Foundation as they felt it put Mandela, who stood against hatred, in front of something that "spewed hatred." Another particularly graphic painting of Mabulu's, depicted former President Jacob Zuma and again, Mandela, in an apparent sexual act.

However, many have taken to Twitter to express how Mabulu's arrest is unfair and something which never occurred in the past when he depicted black leaders.


A scuffle ensued when the police attempted to confiscate the painting from Mabulu who they subsequently arrested. He was later released and warned not to return to the JSE with his artwork.

Watch footage of the painter's display and subsequent arrest below.

WATCH: Artist Ayanda Mabulu arrested over 'blame it on the boers' painting www.youtube.com

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Watch the Retro Music Video for Dyo's 'Go All the Way' Featuring Mr Eazi

The video, directed by Mahaneela, is a tribute to the vintage photography of Malick Sidibé, James Barnor, Seydou Keïta, and Samuel Fosso.

Mr Eazi teams up with budding Nigerian artist Dyo, for her latest single "Go All the Way."

The duo share a memorable music video, inspired by the work of vintage African studio photographers like Malick Sidibé, James Barnor, Seydou Keïta, and Samuel Fosso. The music video features cameos from several young African creatives including Congolese artist Miles from Kinshasa, who are all photographed in stylish clothes before staged backdrops.

The video was directed by multi-hyphenated creator Mahaneela, who also appears in the video,

The Mirza-produced song sees both artists singing suggestively about their lovers. "Go go, go all the way," Dyo sings smoothly on the track's chorus.

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Join Us For an Everyday Afrique Party This Labor Day In NYC!

Featuring music by DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka.

Everyday People, OkayAfrica and Electrafrique are back with the best Labor Day weekend party around with Everyday Afrique.

Come hang with us for another installment of the party that brings out the New York City's finest.

This September 2 we're taking Everyday Afrique back to The Well in Brooklyn, where you can dance and drink the day & night away across the venue's outdoor and indoor spaces.

Grab Your Tickets to Everyday Afrique's Labor Day Party Here

Music will be handled by a top-shelf line-up of selectors including DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka.

The party will be hosted by Young Prince, Saada, Roble, Sinat, Giselle, Shernita and Maine.

Make sure to grab your tickets here and we'll see you on the dance floor!

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INFLUENCED: Meet Sibu Mpanza—the YouTuber Who's Making a Killing from Just Having Fun

'I am the person I needed when and even before I started my YouTube channel,' the prolific YouTuber says.

OkayAfrica brings you the 2019 INFLUENCED Series. In the coming weeks, we'll be exploring the online communities being fostered by young South Africans who are doing more than just influencing. From make-up gurus and hair naturalistas to socially-conscious thought leaders, get ready to be influenced. Read the rest of the series here.

Years ago, Sibu Mpanza found himself experiencing two realities Black South African students are still battling with even today: crippling financial woes at university and debilitating depression.

An aspiring musician who ended up studying psychology instead at the University of Cape Town, Mpanza began skipping as many classes as he possibly could. He would spend copious amounts of time at a computer hidden away in the corner, passing the hours watching funny videos on YouTube. In fact, he says he spent so much time on YouTube that he was literally one of the very first people to view Beyoncé's epic "711" music video—something Mpanza recalls in stitches.

He was searching for something, although admittedly, he didn't quite know back then what it was exactly. It eventually got so bad that in his second year of university, he packed up his things, dropped out and moved to Johannesburg to see if he could become what he'd always imagined he could eventually be.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the name Sibu Mpanza is not only an undeniable success story but an entire brand.

Mpanza is a full-time YouTuber who has been able to capitalise on creating hilarious content about his life and pretty much anything that interests him. While he initially "blew up" because of a YouTube video he put out, a video which called out White students at the University of the Free State who were recorded beating up protesting Black students at a rugby game, he's since moved onto a second channel, More Mpanza, where he makes content that's a lot more fun, apolitical and doesn't take a toll on his mental health. As if two successful channels weren't enough, he's also got a third channel, Arcade, where he and his business partner talk about things they enjoy in the technology space.

For anyone looking to just let off some steam, watch a YouTuber who's willing to poke fun at himself or find some really quality content in an era where everyone seems to have a YouTube channel about something or the other, Mpanza is definitely your guy.

We caught up with him to talk about what inspired his various YouTube channels, the fame that comes with being a household name and what's really important to the young South African creative.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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