Gallery guard in court

2012-05-28 10:24

Johannesburg - The security guard who restrained one of the men who defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma at a Johannesburg art gallery is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Paul Molesiwa, 36, was granted R1 000 bail by the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court last Wednesday, said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo at the time.

The guard was filmed head-butting and flipping Louis Mabokela to the floor after he smeared black paint on the The Spear in the Goodman Gallery.

Naidoo said Mabokela laid a charge of assault last Tuesday night.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Goodman Gallery said Molesiwa was employed by Core Tactical, an independent security company.

"They [Core Tactical] have been taken to task by Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers about the incident that occurred."

A second man, Barend la Grange, who made a red cross on the painting was arrested with no apparent violence.

According to's footage of the incident, he did not appear to resist efforts by gallery staff to detain him.

The picture depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed.

A third man, George Moyo, also appeared in court on a charge of malicious damage to property, after allegedly trying to spraypaint the word "respect" on a wall outside the gallery.

They were released on bail of R1 000 each after appearing in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

  • Loo - 2012-05-28 10:34

    My prediction .. the book will be thrown at this dude ... WHY ?? Cause the government wants it so ..

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-05-28 10:35

    If i was Paul Molesiwa, I was gonna opt to stay in jail than coming out. He commited suicide when he head-butted a black guy who is not even resisting detained. If he tried that head-butting on the white guy he would hated by most white and probably jobless as we speak.

      Rob - 2012-05-28 10:36

      True that !

  • Azande - 2012-05-28 10:36

    I'm sure the security guard is sh***ng himslef where he is. Uncontrolled and unnecessary temper of a second can cost you your whole life. I feel pity for him.

  • Shaka - 2012-05-28 10:57

    I would hire this guard. He was carrying out his duties. You can see the perpetrator try to wriggle away. The guard used necessary action to secure him. The guard was not present when the first act of vandalism occurred. We hire security to protect our interests and then complain when they execute on their duties? Don't punish the guard for doing his job. Rather give him an award. Core Tactical should protect their employees.

  • Andricca - 2012-05-28 11:04

    Malema and the League must indeed continue to defy, reject and ultimately ensure that immoral and incompetent Zuma and his cronies are voted out. Zuma is a liability to our country's image, particularly at international levels. Although The man does not know much to change anything. I mean we really deserve better, and Zuma can't be said to be better than all we have in stock

  • Susan - 2012-05-28 11:16

    the security guard was doing his job, dammed if you do,dammed if you don't..

  • Tugwana - 2012-05-28 11:23

    This security guard was just ACTING for the cameras. Sadly, it backfired. It was not necessary to choke, headbutt, and violently throw the man to the ground. The man caught never resisted arrest. He deserves a good jail sentence!

      Bakers - 2012-05-28 11:45

      No Tugwana he needs to be trained to use escalating force as the situation demands. Not shoot first and ask questions later. He did go a bit overboard but i saw no blood so give him a Bells

  • Bakers - 2012-05-28 11:53

    Meanwhile back in the real world our president is out of the shower, his member all zipped away and is reported to be learning Chinese as it may be more spoken than English which we don't kneed to know if we speak Zulu. The spear thing has come to a tearful end and now we are all waiting for the next ANC blunder...... any news on the e-tolling revival. Another day in comic land.

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