The Nelson Mandela Foundation has described as deeply offensive an artwork by controversial visual artist Ayanda Mabulu associating Madiba with Nazi symbols.

Mabulu’s latest work takes the form of a Nazi swastika super-imposed above Nelson Mandela’s photo.

It also suggests that Madiba is giving a Nazi salute.

The work was put on display at the Joburg Art Fair in Sandton over the weekend, but then removed.

The Mandela Foundation says it was displayed without authorisation.

The Foundation’s Luzuko Koti says they are considering legal action.

“The painting by Ayanda Mabulu … has put in the public the manner of provocation and really trying to stir the conversation according to his own agenda. That is not fit … what we refer as decent and I think that is completely beyond the limits that are prescribing in our own forms of rights of expression and freedom of expression,” adds Koti.