One X for govt, one for Murray – 'vandal'

2012-05-23 14:26
Johannesburg - One of the men accused of defacing Brett Murray’s controversial portrait of President Jacob Zuma says he painted the two “X” symbols for the ANC-led government, which he described as going in the wrong direction, and for Murray’s portrait, for mocking Zuma.

The case of businessman Barend la Grange and his co-accused, taxi driver Louis Mabokela, was today postponed in the Hillbrow Magistrates Court until June 28.

Both men are charged with malicious damage to property after allegedly defacing the painting at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg by smearing paint on it.

La Grange has denied knowing Mabokela.

Mabokela said he had laid assault charges against the Goodman Gallery security guard who arrested him on Tuesday.

Mabokela and La Grange were released on R1 000 bail each.

The third suspect, George Moyo, who tried to spray-paint the word “respect” outside the gallery was also released on R1 000 bail on Tuesday.

Felt free

Moyo, who was accompanied by a group of ANC supporters, refused to comment about his arrest and the incident.

Moyo and the ANC supporters thanked and shook La Grange’s hand when they met at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, where he and Mabokela were initially due to appear.

Moyo returns to the Hillbrow Magistrates Court on June 14 and has also been charged with malicious damage to property.

He said Murray and his art were putting people’s lives in danger and that the artist’s actions were causing racial tension.

La Grange described himself as a Kempton Park businessman who works with his sons.

Mabokela said he felt free after defacing The Spear. He said Murray’s portrait was disrespectful to Zuma and “our parents”.

Read more on:    goodman gallery  |  brett murray  |  barend la grange  |  johannesburg  |  zuma painting
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
61 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 2 690 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.