Goodman Gallery guard in court

2012-05-23 14:37

The security guard who restrained one of the men who defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma at a Johannesburg art gallery has appeared in court.

Paul Molesiwa (36) was granted R1 000 bail by the Hillbrow Magistrates’ Court today, said police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

The case was postponed to May 28.

The guard was filmed head-butting and flipping Louis Mabokela to the floor after he had smeared black paint on The Spear painting at the Goodman Gallery.

Naidoo said Mabokela laid a charge of assault last night.

A second man, Barend la Grange, who made a red cross over the painting, was arrested with no apparent violence.

According to e.tv’s footage of the incident, he also did not appear to resist efforts by gallery staff to detain him.

The picture depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The gallery stayed closed today.

A third man, George Moyo, also appeared in court on a charge of malicious damage to property after allegedly trying to spray paint the word “respect” on a wall outside the gallery.

All three were released on bail of R1 000 each.

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