Protesters support The Spear vandal

2013-04-04 11:41
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The Spear vandal appears in court

Louis Mabokela, who vandalised "The Spear" painting which depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, has appeared in court. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - About 60 people toyi-toyied outside the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Thursday ahead of the appearance of a man accused of vandalising a painting of President Jacob Zuma.

The group was demanding the release of Louis Mabokela, who is accused of malicious damage to property, for defacing The Spear painting at the Goodman Gallery last year.

"Louis yo hana molato. Molokolleng [This Louis is not guilty. Set him free]," the group shouted outside court.

Most of them were wearing yellow ANC T-shirts.

According to a spokesperson for Mabokela's family, about 200 supporters travelled to Johannesburg in 15 kombis from the Mohlabeng village in Limpopo.

They had slept in their cars overnight to be in time for the court case.

Mabokela pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.

The painting depicts Zuma with his genitals exposed.


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