Gallery guard's case postponed

2012-09-27 14:43

Johannesburg - The case against a Goodman Gallery security guard accused of assaulting a man who defaced The Spear painting was postponed until 1 November by the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Paul Molesiwa is accused of assaulting Louis Mabokela at the gallery on 22 May, after Mabokela allegedly defaced The Spear painting, depicting President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

Molesiwa, from the Core Tactical private security company, was filmed by an cameraman trying to restrain Mabokela, and flipping him to the ground in the process.

Molesiwa's lawyer Rod Montano said he wanted it on the record that he had not yet received "copies of either the docket or the video footage at this stage".

Prosecutor Molepo Tema said he had not yet received a written request, but Montano disagreed.

Magistrate Nsizwa Shabangu postponed the case. Molesiwa's bail was extended.

He was accompanied to court by a colleague, who said he was not allowed to reply to media questions.

It was not said in court whether the footage referred to was's or the gallery's CCTV footage.

Mabokela and Barend la Grange, who were also filmed allegedly defacing the painting in May, have been charged with malicious damage to property.

Another man, George Moyo, was arrested for spraypainting the letters "res" [respect] on the gallery's exterior wall. The charges against him were later withdrawn.

  • darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-27 15:18

    please,rather keep up the courts time with cases for murder,rape and robbery.chuck this case out.he was just doing his job!

  • gembleton1 - 2012-09-27 17:27

    the video clearly showed this cretin defacing the picture and the guard did his job and now he is getting prosecuted for it what a F@*# up country we live in, give the Guard a bell`s for a job well done.

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