Arrests over William Kentridge thefts

2011-02-14 11:32

Johannesburg - Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of four William Kentridge artworks from the David Krut Projects art gallery in Parkwood, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"We arrested two middle-aged men on Friday in Pretoria. One of the suspects is an employee of the gallery," said spokesperson Sergeant Bongi Mdletshe.

The men were taken to the Sunnyside police station.

The artworks, which have not been recovered yet, were stolen on Saturday, February 5.

The theft was only noticed on the following Monday and the gallery's manager, Taryn Hackett, opened a case of theft at the Rosebank police station.

Mdletshe said the two men are due to appear before the Johannesburg Magistrate's court on Monday (today) facing charges of theft.

  • mercutio9 - 2011-02-14 12:35

    I refuse to believe a word of it. Who would be mad enough to steal a William Kentridge work?

      Minx29 - 2011-02-14 12:52

      William's work is especially well known overseas, and they aer worth a lot. Any thief that knows anything about art work, will see a golden oppertunity to make some easy money. Guess that's why one of the gallerie's employees took the chance.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-14 12:43


      My5cents - 2011-02-14 13:37

      Careful, your knuckles are dragging on the ground again.

  • Barryjack - 2011-02-14 13:52

    Art theft is profitable . Two years ago a bronze life size sculpture of a San hunter worth R230,000 that I made was stolen from the Everard Reed gallery in Cape town. It weighed over 150kg yet it dissapeared overnight . The gallery was not insured for theft and refused to take full responsibility. They forced me to take half the loss which I thought was unfair as their security was not up to standard. Very painfull for an artist who has to come up with the capital to make such a thing. The work has never been found.

  • jdg1868 - 2011-02-15 05:19

    Gallery need active defense-security sytem to save artworks.

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