On Saturday, many Zimbabweans couldn’t resist making fun of President Robert Mugabe’s statue. A photo of the nonagenarian ruler with his Benoni-born wife Grace Mugabe standing with the statue started making the rounds on social media.
According to Zimbabwe’s Pindula News, the statue is 3.8 metres tall.
Dominic Benhura erected it and also appears in the photograph. According to Pindula, Benhura said he used a chisel, raspers and sandpaper on springstone to create the statue, which coincidentally looks a lot like some iconic pictures and statues of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela – although the cartoonish style is unique and has been the subject of much mockery. Others have pointed out that some of Benhura’s other work has been celebrated.
Benhura presented the statue to Mugabe yesterday after six months of work. The sculptor’s creation, however, appears not to have impressed his countrymen, and others in SA and worldwide, on social media.
Here was some of the reaction:
— Ulrich Janse van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) September 11, 2016
— ZacIssaSavage (@Isaac_Moselane) September 11, 2016
— Public Protester (@Pasco_e) September 11, 2016
— Dominika Jablonska (@DominikaJab) September 11, 2016
— Jersey no.10 (@Nomie_fied) September 11, 2016
— Kunta Kinte (@Makgabu21) September 10, 2016
— Trends SADC ™ (@Trends_SADC) September 10, 2016
— Taurai Matizira (@GSM_IMM) September 10, 2016
— WaMambo (@sydney263) September 10, 2016