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Ayanda Mabulu’s The Economy of Rape painting stirs outrage

Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu has once again stirred a hornet’s nest with his latest painting The Economy of Rape showing President Jacob Zuma sodomizing late former President, Nelson Mandela. Social media has been up in arms with reactions criticising the painting as crass, crude, disrespectful, and offensive. Various organisations including the Nelson Mandela Foundation have called the artwork “distasteful”. The painting has divided opinion, with others defending the right of the artist to free expression, and artistic creativity. Mabulu’s latest painting comes on the heels of the Zapiro controversy in which the cartoonist was heavily criticised for using rape as a metaphor.

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Zimbabwe allows payment of school fees with goats

Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.