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Thabiso Seduma’s painting of Julius Malema sparks praise

A young artist stole the spotlight with a striking work that captured the attention of many people at the EFF rally held at Alexandra Stadium.

The fine artist, Thabiso Seduma, unveiled a powerful portrait of the Economic Freedom Fighters chairperson Julius Malema igniting a wave of awe and admiration among the crowd.

Standing before the massive gathering, the 19-year-old painter from Alexandra presented his latest creation, a large-scale portrait of Malema wearing a red T-shirt and a beret which represents the EFF’s signature colour.

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EFF chairperson Julius Malemas portait drawn by a young talented fine artist Thabiso Seduma.
EFF chairperson Julius Malemas portait drawn by a young talented fine artist Thabiso Seduma.

Seduma said the inspiration behind Malema’s portrait was how he fights for the blacks not to be suppressed and he has long been a lightning rod for both support and criticism.

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“I wanted to create something that would capture the essence of who Julius Malema is. To me, he represents the struggle for economic freedom and equality. He’s a symbol of resistance against the forces of inequality and oppression but is not given a chance in the country so I wanted to show him that there are people who love him and admire what he does for the country,” Seduma said.

The attention and publicity that Seduma received following his presentation at the EFF rally were a major milestone in his career. While he had been creating and painting arts for years, the exposure he gained through this event opened up new opportunities and connections.

Thabiso Seduma showcases his drawing of the EFF chairperson Julius Malema at the EFF rally at Alexandra Stadium.
Thabiso Seduma showcases his drawing of the EFF chairperson Julius Malema at the EFF rally at Alexandra Stadium.

“I can’t even explain the feeling I had, seeing that so many people like my work was a dream come true for me because that inspired me to continue to do more. I never imagined that my artwork would be seen by so many people and generate so much interest while I did not even study for this.

“For me this newfound attention and recognition was both exciting and humbling, to think I drew the night before the rally and was liked by so many. I wish God could continue to bless me with more days so that I would also continue to do good for the people who love and appreciate my work.”

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