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Gallery spraypaint accused off the hook

2012-07-05 11:51

Johannesburg - Charges are being withdrawn against a man accused of trying to spraypaint the word "respect" on the wall of the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

"We are waiting for withdrawal statements," Magistrate Jai Persutam said.

These papers were expected to be ready at George Moyo's next court appearance on July 19. His R1 000 bail was extended.

Moyo was arrested in May after allegedly spraypainting the letters "res" on an outside wall of the gallery. He was apparently trying to write the word "respect".

Outside court on Thursday, Moyo said he welcomed the prospect of the charges being dropped.

"If asked to do it [spraypaint the Goodman Gallery's wall] again, I would do it" Moyo said.

He was the fourth person arrested in connection with the gallery's display of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Two men accused of defacing the painting The Spear, by Brett Murray, were also arrested, as was a security guard, who allegedly assaulted one of the men while detaining him.

Comments
  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-05 11:53

    Ok...Thanks in advance.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-07-05 11:57

    "If asked to do it [spraypaint the Goodman Gallery's wall] again, I would do it" Moyo said. Not only is he admitting guilt, he's saying he'd do it again - can someone please explain why the "justice" system is so backwards?

      Ian - 2012-07-05 12:11

      I would like to try but that would mean coming down to their level, no answers

      rodney.overes - 2012-07-05 12:29

      This is Africa We just Break and will Break again and get away with it. To the gallery Shame on you for further corrupting the justice system and please do not even bother to phone the SAPS if your place is damaged or broken into as you are just wasting the court and SAPS time and money.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-05 12:03

    And justice fails again!

  • Ian - 2012-07-05 12:10

    and another criminal walks

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-05 12:11

    interesting, apparently Mr. Moyo still thinks it is ok to deface property when he disagrees with a point of view. What is the lesson to be taken from this fiasco both by him and let's say a youth who defaces public property in the future, same result? or if I were to spray paint "res" on his residence because I disagree with this decision?

  • rodney.overes - 2012-07-05 12:28

    This is Africa We just Break and will Break again and get away with it. To the gallery Shame on you for further corrupting the justice system and please do not even bother to phone the SAPS if your place is damaged or broken into as you are just wasting the court and SAPS time and money.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-05 12:35

    Pays to be an anc supporter,you are immnune to justice!

  • Barefoot - 2012-07-05 12:44

    Failure of justice? ANC supporter? now you are just being foolish don't you know how the justice system works? when the person who laid the charge in the first place withdraws the courts have no option but to allow it- in this instance i would think the charges were laid by the Goodman gallery and they are the one's who withdrew.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-05 13:38

      They may have been the ones who withdrew the case but how much pressure was exerted? The perp clearly flaunts his disregard for the law by stating he would do it again,so it wasnt his "plea" for mercy and heartfelt apology which gained the withdrwal now was it?

  • erich.goosen - 2012-07-05 13:18

    It would be interesting to know what will happen to La Grange and his co-accused. What is good for the goose is good for the gander or will a different set of rules apply to them. If I were to defend these 2 I will raise the point that one of the elements of the crime of malicious injury to property is that the act should resulted in the value of the object was decreased (destroyed), was not present. This was clearly not the case. In fact the German buyer indicated immediately after the incident that he wanted the painting more than ever.

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