Outrage after painting shows Mandela and S. African president Zuma in apparent sex act .
A South African painting showing the president in what appears to be a sexual act with Nelson Mandela is stirring outrage as well as calls to respect freedom of expression. .
Artist Ayanda Mabulu said his painting is meant to show how scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has violated the hopeful legacy of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of white minority rule in 1994. .
Thousands of South Africans have protested against Zuma in recent weeks after his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister increased concerns about government corruption. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Thursday that it respects Mabulu’s freedom of expression but finds the painting “distasteful.”