National 28.7.2016 05:56 pm

Maimane is a ‘baboonic’ leader – Mngxitama

Black First, Land First movement leader Andile Mngxitama (centre) appears alongside 26 of his supporters who are facing charges of Public Violence and Trespassing, 19 July 2016, at the Pretoria Magistrate’s court. The group was arrested for storming the office of the public protector. Picture: Alaister Russell

Black First, Land First movement leader Andile Mngxitama (centre) appears alongside 26 of his supporters who are facing charges of Public Violence and Trespassing, 19 July 2016, at the Pretoria Magistrate’s court. The group was arrested for storming the office of the public protector. Picture: Alaister Russell

The leader of the BLF movement appears to be fully in favour of a painting depicting the DA leader as a well-hung slave.

Black First, Land First leader Andile Mngxitama, who was released on R500 bail after a week in the police cells on Tuesday, has wasted no time in commenting on the artwork of a naked Mmusi Maimane, Helen Zille and James Selfe.

He called Maimane a “baboonic” leader.

He said this in response to a painting that Kenny Kunene was photographed with and which has been shared on social media that shows the DA’s leaders in a pornographic way, suggesting that Maimane is a slave to whites.

Picture: Facebook (note it has been blurred to remove offensive depiction of genitalia)

Picture: Facebook (note it has been blurred to remove offensive depiction of genitalia)

In his post, Kunene wrote: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art…Thanks to the fearless Artist…”

The identity of the artist is now known to The Citizen and a story about the artwork will follow, as well as an interview with Kunene.

The painting depicts DA leader Mmusi Maimane as a slave pulling a rickshaw with a naked Western Cape premier Helen Zille and what looks like the party’s federal executive chairperson, James Selfe, also a member of parliament.

Maimane’s penis, in the painting is gigantic, playing into the Mandingo stereotype, while Selfe’s is tiny.

Mngxitama attacked both Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Ayanda Mabulu for what he seems to think is their pandering to the interests of a white audience.

Mngxitama and his party supporters invaded the office of the public protector to demand “action on white corruption” on Monday last week, where they were arrested.

They said they were demanding answers on R26 billion allegedly stolen by white monopoly capital prior to democracy. They named billionaire Johann Rupert as one beneficiary.

The party members marched to the office of the public protector – although Thuli Madonsela was not at the office at the time – with their leader to be given an update on how much progress had been made into the investigation of the allegedly stolen money.

They claimed Public Protector Madonsela ignored the complaints the BLF lodged in March, but she later explained that they weren’t the complainants in the matter and there was no way she could even investigate corruption prior to 1994, even if she wanted to.

Mngxitama attacked her on Twitter for continuing to say she is not interested in his case.

They had accused the public protector of bias in her investigation, alleging that she and her staff offered “courtesy and urgency” to complaints made by white people and the DA against black public office bearers.

“We note the courtesy and urgency the office of the public protector gives to complaints made by whites and the Democratic Alliance against blacks, but she is totally uninterested in investigating white corruption. Advocate Madonsela has reduced her office into being used as an arm of the DA.”

They were held for a week in police cells after being arrested at the public protector’s office. They were released on bail on Tuesday.

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