Man held after damaging Gandhi statue in JHB

Cape Town - A man has been arrested for allegedly vandalising the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Square, central Johannesburg, according to Gauteng police.

The 21-year-old was arrested on Saturday afternoon after a police car drove past and saw the man with white paint, said police spokesperson Kay Makhubele.

“He was found while painting the statue with a 5 litre paint [bucket] and also there were some boards, on which he wrote ‘Gandhi statue must go’,” he said.

The man apparently covered the statue plaques with white paint and was making his way up the body of the statue when police apprehended him.

He was set to appear for malicious damage to property in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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