Guard used force to subdue vandal - lawyer

2012-05-28 12:59
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Defacing of Zuma The Spear painting

2012-05-22 13:00

Two men were caught on camera defacing Zuma's painting called The Spear at the Goodman gallery in Johannesburg.WATCH

Johannesburg - The lawyer for the Goodman Gallery guard arrested for assaulting the man who damaged The Spear said he used force to subdue the vandal as he resisted arrest.

Paul Molesiwa from Core Tactical, a private security company, is out on R1 000 bail.

He is charged with attacking Louis Mabokela, who defaced Brett Murray's painting of President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

Molesiwa's lawyer, Rod Montano, said his client tried to restrain Mabokela after he had damaged the work, but that Mabokela resisted arrest.

"The guards were briefed that morning of bomb threats and death threats at the gallery. This is the context of this incident. It is our contention he was doing his job."

Montano said the guard battled to get a cable tie around Mabokela's hands.

"There have been accusations of racism, that my client attacked the man because he was black. That is not true," said Montano.

Footage of the incident showed the first vandal, a white man, making his statement and stepping back with his hands at his sides, Montano said.

"The first man did not need to be subdued."

Mabokela resisted arrest, hence the use of force to subdue him, he said.

In television footage of the incident the security guard is seen head-butting and flipping Mabokela to the ground.

The case against was postponed to June 29 in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.
Read more on:    goodman gallery  |  louis mabokela  |  paul molesiwa  |  johannesburg  |  zuma painting

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