Businessman caught for damaging The Spear

2012-05-22 13:35

Zuma "The spear" painting defacing

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 - A businessman and a younger man are believed to be behind Tuesday's defacing of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma.

The two were in custody at the Rosebank police station after they allegedly painted over the artwork.

Greg Palmer, attorney for the Goodman Gallery which is hosting the exhibition by artist Brett Murray, said the gallery would lay charges of destroying private property against them.

Earlier a television journalist working on a story about the painting, titled The Spear, told how she tried to stop the older man from damaging the work.

Iman Rappetti, eNews channel anchor, was in the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, close to the work when the man took out a pot of paint and marked an X across the genital area of the portrait.

She said she grabbed him, while shouting to gallery staff to come and help her.
"It was surreal."

Completely ordinary looking

Rappetti described the vandal as a completely "ordinary" looking critic wearing a tweed jacket. Unbeknown to Rappetti the teenager was standing behind her with a large pot of black paint.

The youngster started "going to town on the picture", she said.

"I was screaming."

Gallery staff apprehended both the man and the youth. The police arrived shortly afterwards and took them away.

Rappetti said the gallery staff told her the first man had identified himself as an Afrikaans journalist. He had visited the Goodman Gallery before.

"He did not sound Afrikaans to me," she said.

The public and reporters crowded outside the gallery, which was closed.

Inside the gallery gate were three private and armed security guards wearing bulletproof vests - with one guard carrying a rifle.

*Sapa reported earlier the one suspect's age as 15. We cannot confirm his age at this stage.
Read more on:    goodman gallery  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  zuma painting

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

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


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 network.


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.