Scarred Madiba face on banknote painting

2012-11-12 08:21
Johannesburg - Cape Town artist Ayanda Mabulu's latest painting depicts a scarred face of Nelson Mandela on one of the new banknotes, The Star newspaper reported on Monday.

Named Randela, the painting is meant to illustrate how the gap between rich and poor has widened.

"It's also about the economy being in the hands of a few and that the people represented by Nelson Mandela are living in unfavourable conditions," Mabulu was quoted as saying.


  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-12 08:34

    Why is the painting not depicted in the report?

      jbm.moate - 2012-11-12 09:36

      Because its done by a black person and therefore its not racist. Dahm this self serving cANCer...

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-12 10:11

      52mil people in SA, 4.5mil are white, only 2.5mil of these whites have an income (and pay tax) the rest are elderly, youths and poor whites. Why dont the ANC government take the 2.5mil white jobs, houses and cars etc. then divide this 2.5mil assets between 12.5mil unemployed people. It does not take a genius to see this will never work: We dont have enough to "give", the pie is too small to divide, it must be made bigger... how do we make it bigger, by investing in the economy, education and skills training... something the government has been very slack with. ...for how long can you give someone a fish (hand outs), rather teach him to fish.

      heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-11-12 11:09

      @kagiso, The figures seems nice doesn't it? In 94 fuel was R1,20 compared to now it's almost 1000% more. So 550% seems nice, it's less than inflation alone. So it's NEGATIVE. R1 then could buy more than R10 today.

      phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-12 13:06

      Ur argument was making sense until u made reference to fuel which is not SA's problem only, but a worldwide problem...unless of course our dumb government is responsible for the unrest in the oil-rich countries.

      armandsjansen - 2012-11-12 13:51

      @Phumlani. Fuel might be a world wide problem, but it's even a bigger problem in SA, as our "dumb government", as you put it, might not be responsible for the unrest in oil-rich countries, but the are however fully responsible for every cent of tax we pay on every litre of fuel purchesed. Go to Lesotho, Mozambique and Botswana and fuel is much cheaper there than it is here. The ironic part...all of their fuel is supplied by SA!!! Go figure...

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-12 08:38

    Historic statement. Excellent!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-12 08:44

    Please people u must understand that nothing happens overnight so one day u also gonna be rich

      bless.boswell - 2012-11-12 08:54

      What does that have to do with anything? And by the way, Not everybody wants to be rich, enough is also ok.

      valecia.supra - 2012-11-12 12:17

      Aw shame, no no-one will be rich. The rich will be poor along with the poor, now. WHY? Because the statesmen/women are filling their pockets, through fraud/corruption, taking the peoples' money etc., at this rate we will have run out of money by then. Unless change is brought about!!!Remember my words.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-11-12 08:47

    Scarred? Which note denomination? I've only seen the R100 and R10, and he looks fine on those?

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-12 09:38

      Don't just look - feel - it is a security feature

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-11-12 09:43

      @xavier: Ok, thanks,

      boyisile - 2012-11-12 11:22

      stefan.vanderspuy. You missed the bus.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-12 15:22

      Stefan the scar is only in the painting

  • lulama - 2012-11-12 08:56

    Publicity stunt...these 'artists' are getting desperate.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-12 09:23

      Especially this Ayanda character,he is constantly seeking attention.

      ElKapino - 2012-11-12 09:33

      whats not true in what he is saying?

      ElKapino - 2012-11-12 09:34

      or you yourself u want to say i have posted some comment

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-12 08:58

    Please lets have the human rights commission, the censor board, the ANC and all the hangers on ,oh the arts and cultural crowd too all together to protest and to wring their hands. Oh I forgot this painter is black.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-12 08:59

    No Stefan, a painting has been done of a Madiba banknote and on it Madiba's face is scared.

      mphi.nomvete - 2012-11-12 22:36

      Reali ppl.. the painting is Art.. but also figurative&literal comment on state of affairs about our socioeconomic fact. Its about every south African.

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-12 09:04

    which note is that?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-12 09:04

    The new notes look and feel like monopoly money.

      itcrackpot - 2012-11-12 10:04

      Could it be a prediction of its future value?

  • magomarele - 2012-11-12 09:10

    denominations denoting conspicuous consumption...needn't I say more!

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-12 09:18

    make a banknote of will clearly show the gap between anc supporters stays in shack & president stay in r243miln complex..

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-12 09:39

      Yes this would be far more appropriate and factual than the current over used book of excuses and blame.

      mojalefa.malepa - 2012-11-12 18:19

      Good one man. I would realy like to see the so-called nkandla and see where all our monies are going. Nothing has been done since we had a president from that damn nkandla.

  • achaava - 2012-11-12 09:20

    cant help but laugh....ppl missing the point of this stori...its a painting...with a stori behind critics the state of affairs in this this has nothing to do with color of anyones skin.... I find it sad on the other hand that artist are respected by the color of thier skin...i agree with one of the comments...if it was done by a white guy..there would have been a outcry...but coz a darkie did it..therz no complaints...

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-12 09:27

    Some artists are loosing the plot, ome people can do anything just to be on the spotlight, its pathetic to say the least.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-12 09:41

    The texture of the paper, look very confusing and unreal - the reserve bank must re think of this paper, it seem as if after 5 months it can easily be torn out. For me the same paper we had just put the face of an icon, but changing even the paper, new marking was was unrealistic.

  • perter.damingo - 2012-11-12 10:04

    I went to the shops on Saturday and was given a new R20 note as part of the change and on arriving at home all my money was missing from my wallet except for the new R20 note

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-12 10:18

      Lol. I'm surprised you still had a wallet.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-12 15:27

      Idiot it is Mandela on the note not MALEMA or ZUMA

      mojalefa.malepa - 2012-11-12 18:10

      So what happened to your mone?. You are talking rubbish now.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-12 10:11

    Unusual to see that the "It's also about the economy being in the hands of a few' has no connotation to the white minority being the few that have this hold over the economy, which truth being told is not really the case anymore, as the black elite are starting to far outstrip the number of rich white people in South Africa.

      mlungisi.magada - 2012-11-12 14:02

      I has not gotten to that stage yet.Do not exaggerate.

  • keithpatkell - 2012-11-12 11:05

    I comprehend what implication or interpretation Ayanda Mabulu's PAINTING of a scarred Mandela image depicted on a South African currency banknote endeavours to convey! He (the artist) is saying that it is an INSULT to our country's most revered icon to have his image depicted on the currency of a FAILING ECONOMY....failing because several of the incumbent cANCer government stooges believe that the State fiscus is there to serve their own personal needs while millions of citizens have to beg and scrounge for the basics of everyday life! This is NOT the vision of a free, successful nation that Nelson Mandela has dedicated his life to… so instead of honouring him the cANCer government is BETRAYING him… hence the scarred image.

  • hendri.radyn - 2012-11-12 16:34

    @Phumlani. Before 94 the government bought oil when the oil price was low & rand was strong & put it in reserve. These days it goes up & down. After 94, the new goverment sold all our reserve oil to fill there pockets,so.... its the current government that give us our current problems. They keep the people uneducated, so that they can vote for them over & over. Educated people will vote differently, except if they r also on the government's payroll

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