Vandal mum on gallery incident

2012-05-23 14:28
Johannesburg - A man charged with spraypainting the wall of the Goodman Gallery was tight-lipped on the matter after appearing in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"No comment," said George Moyo, clean shaven and neatly dressed in a Prince of Wales check suit and spectacles, when asked why he did it.

The only information he would share was that he was not an artist, but a businessman.

The gallery has made headlines for displaying a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Moyo allegedly tried to spraypaint the word "respect" on a wall of the gallery on Tuesday.

He did not sit in the dock during his court appearance on Wednesday.

When Moyo's name was called, he walked into the court from the public gallery door and joined the end of the dock.

Moyo's lawyer, Busi Mbokazi, secured his bail of R1 000. The matter was postponed to June 14 for further investigation on a charge of malicious damage to property.

Outside the court, four women in African National Congress colours sang for him and said they would support him. When the lone television camera had stopped rolling, they stopped singing.

Moyo then travelled to the Regional Court in Johannesburg to support two other people who were expected to appear on similar charges.

One allegedly painted a red cross over the face and genitals of the painting by artist Brett Murray called The Spear.

The other allegedly smeared black paint over Zuma's face and other parts of the painting.

Their case was then changed back to the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

A full bench of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application by the ANC on Thursday to have the painting removed and promotional material destroyed.

It would also have to decide whether City Press must remove images of the original painting from its website, in what is regarded as a test of freedom of expression.
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