South African artist defends ‘Nazi Mandela’ work


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A South African artist has defended his controversial work which depicts anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela doing a Nazi salute.

Ayanda Mabulu’s piece drew criticism after it was briefly displayed at a Johannesburg art-fair.

A former president, Mr Mandela is a much-loved figure in South Africa, credited with ending white-minority rule.

Mabulu said that he was speaking on behalf of poor black South Africans.

“Mandela failed to deliver the dream and that makes him an equivalent of Hitler,” he told the BBC.

The piece, showing Mr Mandela superimposed on a German Nazi flag, was reportedly taken down at…

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