Gallery guard in court

2012-05-28 10:24
Johannesburg - The security guard who restrained one of the men who defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma at a Johannesburg art gallery is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Paul Molesiwa, 36, was granted R1 000 bail by the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court last Wednesday, said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo at the time.

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

Naidoo said Mabokela laid a charge of assault last Tuesday night.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Goodman Gallery said Molesiwa was employed by Core Tactical, an independent security company.

"They [Core Tactical] have been taken to task by Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers about the incident that occurred."

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

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

The picture depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed.

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

They were released on bail of R1 000 each after appearing in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.
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