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ANC condemns despicable Mabhulu grafitti

13 October 2017

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa has as its first and most basic founding value the attainment of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms. This right to human dignity is not selective but applies to all people in the country and codified and entrenched in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights further grants other rights and freedoms including freedom of expression - all of which are limited "to the extent that it is reasonable and justifiable in a society…. based on human dignity, equality and freedom"

The consistent vile and despicable works by graffiti artist Mabhulu including the latest targeting ANC NEC Member, distinguished leader and mother, Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, are an affront not only to the individuals he regularly defiles but to the very founding values of our nation and an insult to our collective morality. Mabhulu has no conception of our societal mores and is a disgrace to any attempt that may or may not been made to socialise him on our shared morality.

The ANC calls on the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) and all others who profess to stand for the defence of the Constitution not to turn a blind eye to this attention-seeking and blatant abuse of freedom of expression. The reprehensible Mr Mabhulu is not a law unto himself, It is incumbent upon society as a whole to defend the rights of all amongst us who are defiled and demeaned in this manner.

Issued by the African National Congress

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