Goodman Gallery guard in court

2012-05-23 15:43

Johannesburg - The security guard who restrained one of the men who defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma at a Johannesburg art gallery appeared in court on Wednesday.

Paul Molesiwa, 36, was granted R1 000 bail by the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court, police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said.

The case was postponed to May 28.

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

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

A second man, Barend la Grange, who made a red cross over the painting was arrested with no apparent violence. According to's footage of the incident, he also did not appear to resist efforts by gallery staff to detain him.

The picture depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The gallery stayed closed on Wednesday.

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

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

  • Irene - 2012-05-23 15:46

    If this guard needs bucks for a decent lawyer, I'll happily contribute!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-23 15:54

      Having seen the incident I don't agree. The lazy guard should have stopped the indecent, not taken out his anger on the dweeb. He was too useless to safeguard the painting and then assaulted a guy who had already stopped resisting. Just glad the useless white guard was not involved. I don't think this company will be getting much museum business in future.

      Surfing - 2012-05-23 15:57

      It is weird, if someone resists arrest you must immobilize him as soon as possible, else he might be a threat to yourself or others around you, this guard did a great job. This is just another indication that crime has preference to safety, some taxi story also comes to mind. One of these days none of our law enforcers will have any power except to torture people who is against the president.

      Rob - 2012-05-23 16:16

      Me too!

      Cpo - 2012-05-23 16:35

      @Irene Why would you assist someone that assaulted an individual in front of the camera for no particular reason,same attitude as police that are trigger happy,you just confused with the money you have,just donate it at the charity and let the law take it course>>>

      Fascisti - 2012-05-23 16:40

      If the "clever" ANC had not made such a fuss in the first place, none of us would even know about the painting's existence. The people running this country are clowns, racist clowns

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 15:48

    With all these R1000 bail monies the govt will pay sanral debtin no time.. Who thought that a spear painting will save our financial problems in the end

      adrian.boulle - 2012-05-23 15:52

      It's been quoted somewhere on Twitter that "the PENis mightier than the spear"!

      Loo - 2012-05-23 15:55

      @MrDurbanite .. I should have known :)

  • letwice - 2012-05-23 15:50

    Poor guy doesn't see a lot of action. When he does, it lands him in court. LOL

  • WhiteTsotsi - 2012-05-23 15:52

    Viva Barend LA Grange and comrade Louis Mabokela. The guard was out of line. A liberal DA supporter started this mess, when he painted a disrespectful picture of our president. It took two men. One Afrikaans and one black guy - to take a stand for our nation! Viva Rainbow South Africa! Viva!

      Graham - 2012-05-23 16:12

      @White Tsotsi - the guard was doing his job (a bit over zealously). What if he had just let him carry on, or just go free. Fired by the security company. Poor guy can't win!

      WhiteTsotsi - 2012-05-23 16:14

      Mabokela, clearly did not resist arrest. He was donnered and driven to the floor. The guy was out of line!

      Nigel - 2012-05-23 16:57

      I see a lot of good in you, but you're really mixed up. What is it you're smoking? He clearly did resist arrest, so why say otherwise?

      Abrham - 2012-05-23 18:49

      the guard was protecting zuma's image - how dare someone blacken it - give him the order of the krematart, zuma would

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-23 15:53

    Hands off Molesiwa please.

  • bizarro.jerri - 2012-05-23 15:54

    Goodman Gallery guard in be told how awesome he is. The WWE then offered him a five-year multi-million rand contract to fight under the name "The Vandalisor", yet another South African success story...there is only one hero in this sad sorry story, the guy who did his job. Kudos Paul and good luck in the sport of kings.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-23 18:25

      you watch WWE,how old are you

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 15:54

    Bwahaha . .half the country is already arrested and the film and publication board is still deliberating over a painting that technically doesn't exist any more ... Oh dear this is quite funny

  • zybt99 - 2012-05-23 15:55

    Deconstruction is also part of art. All these art fundis on this forum who think art is about beauty and lines need to learn a bit more about it. The goofs who defamed the art piece have actualy made it into another art piece. The meanings are now totally different. In a way they have improved a shody artwork into one with actual context.

  • Sanza09 - 2012-05-23 15:55

    What a turn of events beyond imagination

  • Cornelius - 2012-05-23 15:57

    How someone can choose to head but another person in camera is hard to understand. Being overzealous can land a person in trouble. The uninformed guard might have been trying to impress the employer or the ladies who were around without knowing that the law is very stubborn.

  • Sanza09 - 2012-05-23 16:05

    How about a cup of coffee between Loius Mabokela, Paul Molesiwa, Le Grange, Brett Murray and Zuma to bury the hatchet, cancel court case and the painting and move on to avoid further damage

      sabelo.l.mthembu - 2012-05-23 16:58

      The black mentality? Why is this a race thing? WTF!!!

      gift.rode - 2012-05-23 17:43

      \Black mentality\?! Irene you are being bitchy now!

  • FerreiraGerald - 2012-05-23 16:08

    Is it only me or are someone stirring racial tension, and why are we defending criminal rights? There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things...

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-05-23 16:21

    Is it just me that thinks this drama could be a block buster? We could call it 'Hide The Sausage"

  • Dali - 2012-05-23 16:23

    A constitutional state respects everyone's dignity, including the young man who was head butted by this security boy. The young man never showed any form of resistance or risk towards the security, why violence then. This is a lesson that should also be extended to the SAPS members.

  • michaelinex - 2012-05-23 16:28

    Good for him I hope they slamchoke him in prison. He's pathetic

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-23 16:33

    while the law know no excuse for I didn't know, our gaurds must be aggressive by all means. what precedence and assumptions are we giving to the public. who is fooling who, south Africa cannot separate political science from economics and commercial law.haahaa, let the fools tell you that Jesus was Politician. haa may be right. Politics are shortly defined : struggle for power.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-23 16:43

    One thing I cannot tolerate is people who lie to support their hidden agendas. And what on earth is the point of lying when there is video footage on line for all to see. Firstly, the whole 'push-pull' scenario between guard and suspect is resistance - meaning he did not submit himself to the arrest. Clear to see. Secondly, the following 3 time points on the video show clear 'low-key' physical resistance: 0:18; 0:37; 0:57. Please, share your views and opinions, but don't lie.

      sthembiso.msindo - 2012-05-23 16:54

      arresting him won't solve anything bt we all saw wht he did, Nigel b honest even the TV lady is asking on the background why they r heating him bt nt the other gentleman. I downloaded the full video, this was just black on black violence. He couldn't touch Baas afta all he;s a security he respects whites

      Nigel - 2012-05-23 17:03

      I am being honest. The guard applied force to subdue the suspect. It is very common for people who do not understand how to make an arrest, especially TV journalists, to start getting hysterical and upset because it is obviously violent and unpleasant. It works like this - you keep upping the degree of force until you manage to safely subdue the suspect. At any point the perp could have stopped and shown his submission, but he didn't, he carried on resisting. No my friend - you be honest.

  • Mohau - 2012-05-23 17:18

    Paul Molesiwa,trying to appease his white masters turned against his fellow brother.Barend de Lange represents those many whites who are intelligent enough not to sell their souls to the devil in the name of white supremacy.Loius Mabokela and George Moyo represent those gatvol blacks who are tired of talking but do decide to act.SA history will always repeat itself.The thing is,this generation is more radical and more confrontational than the apartheid oppressed.We are not going to keep quite and just look on.White domination is over...some apartheid remnants will learn this the hard way.

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 18:19

    NOW is the time to focus on what we have in common. NOW is the time to share our gifts with each other. NOW is the time to listen to real people instead of the media. NOW is the time, the chance, our moment to be freeā€¦ and that can only be true if we are all together. There are no differences between us, only diversity. There is no Us and Them. There is only one as it has and always will be,. We only have the choice of realizing Unity or the Illusion of separation. We are one. NOW more than ever before.

  • Isabel - 2012-05-23 18:27

    Now I know the loonies are runningthe asylum!

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