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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”.

Comments
  • Werner - 2012-05-23 14:33

    Enough already.....

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-23 14:39

      I agree, i am tired of this story now.... Brett Murray must just get punished. We need to move on now.

      Christopher - 2012-05-23 14:39

      shot bru...enough is enough...over this!

      Christopher - 2012-05-23 14:40

      Zille won although she was not even involved ..she wins again!!

      BrattStar - 2012-05-23 14:50

      Yeah enough already let the ANC do as they please as usual just so I can carry on with my head under the sand... ffs really - enough stupid ppl who dont care about freedom - enough of that BS

      Warren Mudge - 2012-05-23 14:51

      yes polonytalki, while they are at it punish Mabula as well for showing disrespect to elders, any colour

      stuart.steedman - 2012-05-23 15:05

      @Poloyatonki, arrest Brett? What charge can you find under South African law that you could arrest him with?

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:07

      Er Stuart - don't go and paint our favourite Troll into a corner now....

      NrGx - 2012-05-23 15:08

      His attempt at "art" by vandalizing anothers labour of lust is despicable.

  • Morne - 2012-05-23 14:36

    One would probably feel a sense of freedom and rebellion after breaking the law and damaging other people's property. That is until the copshop comes looking for you...

      tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-05-23 15:20

      The Cop shop belongs to the state..the painting mocks the state president...the vandals will be in presidents favour..now do the maths!!!

      Morne - 2012-05-23 16:17

      Oh, so the police is there to cover up for your president whilst he is making an ass out of himself? Nice, let me also get my own bomb squad and then do exactly as I please exactly when I want to and to hell with other people.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-23 14:37

    He seems to be relishing his 15 minutes. Bask in it, mr la grange, tomorrow you will be forgotten, but the painting is now etched in history...

      Felix - 2012-05-23 14:51

      He just isolated himself from all sides of the debate. haha.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-23 14:37

    X for ANC X for Murray X for la Grange three strikes you are OUT!

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:03

      and then Cosatu will come with a 4th Strike....

      Squeegee - 2012-05-23 15:25

      Alan, even the guard got in on the strike bit..

  • Dineo - 2012-05-23 14:38

    Some once said they will kill for Zuma and now others will kill for the paint eish NO PEACE

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-05-23 14:38

    Clearly not all the bells are chiming. Defacing an anti anc painting and also bing anti anc makes no sense at all.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-05-23 14:39

      bing - being, my bell was chiming!

      Warren Mudge - 2012-05-23 14:45

      hey Robbie, very sharp there on your own comment, appreciate the humour guy.

  • Rofhiwa - 2012-05-23 14:38

    now he is talking rubish..

  • Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-23 14:40

    Is he a businessman or a professor? Wtf?

  • nishaatf - 2012-05-23 14:40

    This needs to end , bull

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-23 14:43

    ja whatever. what rubbish mr la G. you achiever precisely zilch except to land yourself in deep poof. how dumb can one get.

      Tugwana - 2012-05-23 14:52

      How heroic he was! I wish he should get his own talk show.

  • Ted - 2012-05-23 14:47

    I like Moyo people. Whatever they do, they take it from the heart. Here is one cadre who believed the portrait was wrong and he took decisive action. Then there is the extreme Moyo the serious bank robber and a Huidini at escaping custody! Whatever you do as a Moyo, it will work. For better or worse! I don't think Murray is a Moyo?! Perhaps a Moyo from Surrey now a Capetonian by birth.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:10

      umm ok ..... (pulling out the Oxford).... Hou (who) is Huidini, it escapes me for the moment?

      Ted - 2012-05-23 16:15

      @ Alan. Harry Houdini. I think your primary school and kindergarten drum majorettes are happy! Trivial about spellings. If I say Johanesburg you think am going to Jakarta? Silly.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-23 16:57

      @Baas-Ted is Bus-Ted.

  • Alan - 2012-05-23 14:57

    (Alan2) @Polythetroll - did youhappen to notice that the paintings were 'protest art' - about the the ANC 'selling out' to crooks and incompetents as it has done. And you still support these people?

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-23 15:03

      Sorry Alan, brains (those that don't have) don't think that far. You'd be talking to a brick wall till you go blue in the face, and they would still not grasp the concept.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:05

      Best not to engage the PollyTrolly ... you can only expect Trolltripe

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-23 14:57

    Suggest Barend read our constitution carefully. There is a distinct difference between freedom of expression and damage to property.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-23 15:25

      And there's also a distinction between freedom of expression and human dignity.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-23 16:24

      @Mister-S.A is constitutional democracy as Brainbow said. And one's right to dignity is protected under this selfsame statute, even JZ's. So, don't use our constitution as your personal entitlement, to be wielded when it suits you...And on the same note don't play God(the ultimate judge).

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-23 16:24

      @Mister-S.A is constitutional democracy as Brainbow said. And one's right to dignity is protected under this selfsame statute, even JZ's. So, don't use our constitution as your personal entitlement, to be wielded when it suits you...And on the same note don't play God(the ultimate judge).

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-23 14:59

    "He said Murray and his art were putting people’s lives in danger and that the artist’s actions were causing racial tension." Um NO. YOU are causing racial tension which is putting peoples lives in danger....

  • roth.eugen - 2012-05-23 15:03

    Next we need a painting of Malema. Might be interesting!

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:06

      larger canvas needed for a larger .....

      Gladstone - 2012-05-23 15:39

      Don't you dare try that guy. Please our dearest Artists.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:43

      Eish - hurry up and do the painting - he will soon be wearing an orange overall courtesy of SARS.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-23 16:01

      no need for a painting of Malema , he already has a fullsize tattoo of his face . . . . . . .on his face

  • Henk - 2012-05-23 15:06

    i would LOVE to X HIS face!

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-23 16:47

      You do know that an X on the internet means a kiss hey? hehehe

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-23 15:12

    Barend you are a true hero!

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 15:13

    Well that settles it then as long as you feel free to damage private property then Im happy :: what a load of BS

  • jaco.duplessis.7 - 2012-05-23 15:14

    this is getting really old...

  • nomvete - 2012-05-23 15:28

    lol this is beginning to be funny

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-23 15:36

    I can't wait for the two court cases outcome. If all are equal before the law, then the two men should get the same sentence.

      Gladstone - 2012-05-23 15:43

      You'll have to wait five years, or more. For sentences to be the same? Forget it, this is South Africa.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:44

      Yip - Animal Farm again - all pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others. Depends on the pigmentation.

  • Chris - 2012-05-23 15:42

    When the final curtain descends on this sad saga SA would have become the favourite to win the "Dof Award" again. Eish, 18th year in a row.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-23 15:44

    X men's revenge. Coming soon to a theater near you.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-23 15:49

    John 8: But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone(F) at her.”(G) 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”(H) Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” When will we begin o realize that The Bible says Love thy neighbor as thy selfs and dont let petty things like this stir up a racist war in South-Africa..... All of us in South-Africa whether black, white, coloured, or Indian do have our moments of racist remarks thats why Jesus said those who are without sin throw the first stone..... Lets try and live Tata (Madiba) dreams to love one another just as the bible says Love your neihbor as your self....

      Zulu - 2012-05-23 15:52

      Thank you! this is what we need. God bless!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-23 15:54

    The head of the Shembe church says Murray must be stoned to death .He probably was stoned himself when he made this statement

  • Gonani - 2012-05-23 16:02

    Yes, yes, yes, finally it's out of sight. Sies, man !

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-05-23 16:12

    The wrong way to up your BEE rating mate! X for epic fail

  • Tawizee - 2012-05-23 16:40

    News24 is becoming twitter. They keep on trending the #Spear stories over and over again.

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 18:20

    NOW is the time to focus on what we have in common. NOW is the time to share our gifts with each other. NOW is the time to listen to real people instead of the media. NOW is the time, the chance, our moment to be free… and that can only be true if we are all together. There are no differences between us, only diversity. There is no Us and Them. There is only one as it has and always will be,. We only have the choice of realizing Unity or the Illusion of separation. We are one. NOW more than ever before.

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