'The Spear' man fired: Report

By Drum Digital
27 June 2012

The Limpopo man accused of defacing 'The Spear' painting has been fired, according to a report on Wednesday.

His now-former employer Mphaphi Machipi told the Sowetan that Mabokela was on sick leave when he defaced the painting.

Mabokela, 25, worked as a taxi driver in Limpopo.

"I was surprised to see Mabokela [on television] defacing the painting of President Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, while he had told me he was around and not well," said Machipi.

Mabokela told the daily newspaper it was worth losing his job "in order to restore the dignity of the president".

The Spear depicted President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals, sparking countrywide controversy.

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