Men in court for defacing painting

2012-05-23 07:24

Johannesburg - The two men accused of defacing a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma in a Johannesburg gallery will appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The two men allegedly defaced the portrait with red and black paint, obscuring the face and waist of the figure on Tuesday morning.

The painting by Cape Town artist Brett Murray depicted Zuma with his private parts exposed.

The men were released from the Rosebank police station late on Tuesday night on bail of R1 000 each.

A third person, who was arrested for allegedly trying to spray paint the word "respect" on a wall of the Goodman Gallery, would appear with them. He was also released on bail of R1 000.

All three face charges of malicious damage to property.

  • James - 2012-05-23 07:31

    malicious damage to property??? no one in the government liked the painting anyway so y all the fuss?? just leave it and move on with your life!!!

      Felix - 2012-05-23 07:41

      That was sarcasm right?

      Roger - 2012-05-23 07:42

      Just because Gov didnt like the painting doesnt mean that they have the right to mess up other peoples work. OH right we live in a country that is dictated by the Government and that pulls the wool over so many poor and innocent people just so they can stay in Power and get Fat and rich.

      Paul - 2012-05-23 08:06

      The artist painted that painting with the intention of prevoking a strong reaction, well he got it , I say good on the guys that destroyed it. Freedom of expression is one thing, that painting was just too insulting!!

      Rudi - 2012-05-23 08:22

      @Tyson Dude you seriously need to wake up. Since when do 2 wrongs make a right? Grow up and stop being a duche

      Martin - 2012-05-23 09:09

      No person should be idolized. There should be no holy cows. Burn them all.

      Roger - 2012-05-23 09:16

      Do I sense some internet Trolls in this area ?

  • Phindi - 2012-05-23 07:34

    How can they risk jail 4 him?

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:41

      There are a lot of crazy people out there.

      Gerald - 2012-05-23 07:46

      i remember when we had the gen. election and people could not understand why zuma was getting voted for, I was one of those who asked, a very prominent figure in communications answered me once, we know Zuma is mediocre but we will go and support him for the principle. This painting was very good PR for the Anc. Who needs Juju when we have MurrayW

      Koos - 2012-05-23 08:24

      @Tyson: it seems that you are so excited about Zille's breasts that you're starting to hyper ventilate. Slow down brother. Do whatever helps you getting it up.

      nmateke - 2012-05-23 09:22

      they respect the guy and hate the painting I guess

      Iceberg - 2012-05-23 09:50

      Tyson, we all heard you the first time. This is a free country, you can paint whatever you like. Knock yourself out. It would be pointless though because no gallery of note or City Press will publish it. In the political satire genre, art needs to be relevant, carry a message and stir some debate.

  • Johnny - 2012-05-23 07:41

    Why can't rapes murders and corruption not receive this kind of attention? It just shows what the South-African mind set is.

      Johnny - 2012-05-23 09:56

      Apparently the thumbs down are the rapists and murderers that would love it if they got raped and killed themselves. Don't just thumbs down. Tell me why I am wrong in your eyes.

      Thania - 2012-05-23 13:41

      I agree with you 100%...

  • gregory.wessels - 2012-05-23 07:41

    Hillarious! Our government should start a comedy act.

      cindy.atkins1 - 2012-05-23 07:58

      Where have you been? Our government is a comdey act!

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-05-23 07:43

    Malicious damage to property, how about malicious damage to Zuma's dignity anyway to all the father's of this country. This picture is a pornogarphy and should be treated as such.

      sefeddt - 2012-05-23 07:47

      Zuma should have thought of that when he fathered what ? 20 + children.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:55

      Zuma can't sue himself my dear. Don't think that all fathers are like him. Most of us don't have a kid with our friend's daughters. Does that not bother you? What it implies is that you would be too happy to be 'speared' by your dad's friend. I can only shake my head. - 2012-05-23 08:08

      Well 1st up pornography is legal in SA. Sure there are age restrictions to who you can sell it. But its legal. Secondly Zuma is free to sue Murray for defamation (remember truth and public interest are defences for defamation). But I would defend Zuma's right to sue Murray And lastly even if Murray's actions are illegal (which they aren't) two wrongs don't make a right. You can't take the law into your own hands.

      Reghardt.deBeer - 2012-05-23 08:11

      Uhm, how is it pornography? There is a difference between someone being depicted nude and plain nudity. The former can be seen as art and the latter as, well not really pornography, but also not art. This painting depicts Zuma with his genitals exposed, meaning that he is partly nude. The artist is trying to portray his view of Zuma and his attitude, which he was COMPLETELY allowed to do. There's no argument about it.

  • Marion - 2012-05-23 07:47

    What are the odds of two men who don't know each other defacing the painting, using the same method, within seconds of each other?

      Gerald - 2012-05-23 08:03

      They didn't know each other? Beautiful. I am touched, truly. The defacing, now that was art, and I am not talking about the actual vandalism, but the connection that two men of different races shared and their intentional illegal action that will face legal retribution. But then again, the assault of the black guy, by the black security guard, was an anti-climax

  • angie.smith.560 - 2012-05-23 07:52

    But we can't be reading about this Zuma painting saga the whole week, there are more important issues to be dealt with that we should be reading about! - 2012-05-23 08:12

      It's not about the painting. Freedom of artistic expression is a very important constitutional principle. On the subject of priorities well I do, to an extent agree with you. A good number of ANC ministers commented to the press about this. So did all the alliance partners. Meanwhile the school children in Limpopo still do not have their textbook almost half way through the year. How many ANC ministers have commented on that one? Seriously now

      Felix - 2012-05-23 09:26

      Yup while we're all up in arms fighting each other the cAncer has taken the e-toll high court interdict to the con-court. Wake up people this was a setup from the get go.

  • ninjacraig - 2012-05-23 07:56

    They need to be charged for damage to property and have too pay the price of the painting. I'm guessing they wont be able afford any bells once once this court case is finished.

      Mandla Mavuso - 2012-05-23 08:00

      @ninja*i think the ANC should jus pay 4 their charges.

      Felix - 2012-05-23 08:17

      @Mandla, that was probably already part of the deal. More tax money used for irrelevant causes.

  • rainqueen.manamela - 2012-05-23 07:59

    I'm stil heartbroken by th way th boy ws treatd by th security guard.yes \they\ wer rong,bt tht ws unnecassary violent as th boy wsnt evn fghtng bck,xem

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-05-23 08:00

    for the last time its his brains hanging out

  • andrew.arde - 2012-05-23 08:02

    Trevor Noah has some competition in this comedy club called South Africa!

  • Sekalf - 2012-05-23 08:16

    Ha Ha Ha - what's next? The only thing the ANC achieved through their behavior is that the entire world has seen the picture by now - exactly what the artist wants - I call this a BIG own goal.

  • Gerald - 2012-05-23 08:21

    When did Zuma pose for the painting becasue if he did then the painting was done with his consent If he did not then maybe just maybe some people are upset because IT is too small in the painting

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-23 08:31

    I wonder what the owner who paid 136000 for the painting thinks about the damage done?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-23 08:32

    let these guys go,we all had our laughs,its over now lets move on its not like they are dangerous criminals

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-23 08:40

    tyson come on man!

  • clourens - 2012-05-23 08:45

    I think the price of the painting should be divided up into the amounts of people who defaced it and pay for it ...

  • Michael - 2012-05-23 08:49

    in the 60's the prime minister was criticized by some for leading the country wrongly and defended by others , years later we accept that the prime minister was wrong , today the president is being criticized by some for leading our country wrongly and is being defended by others are we going to again in a few yeas discover that those criticizing are again right ?

  • Rob - 2012-05-23 08:58

    What majestical intelligence sets the boundaries for bail in South Africa. In principle, the purpose of bail is to ensure that the accused does not disappear. Disappearing is not that difficult, and although a person ight be eventually found the bail should surely also accomodate the cost of searching. Naturally the wealth and standing of each accused must be taken into account, and maybe R1,000 as an absolute minimum approaches a functional amount. But there are many, including the professor, for whom this is a ridiculous amount. Take the cost of convening the bail hearing, paid for by tax, use that as a guideline for minimum bail, but do something rather than setting it at postage levels.

  • snylo - 2012-05-23 09:05

    They will get medical parole if sentenced ;) They did it for their Zooma!

  • tumi.masemene - 2012-05-23 10:13

    Mr. President, can you please get over this already? We have bigger things to worry about: 1. The current education system is "killing" our children. When are you going to fix it? 2. We don't accept the petrol price decrease because we don't trust government. Why the decrease - are you trying to desensitize us so that we can be more accepting of the e-tolls? 3. What are you doing about the farm killings? Each time one happens, the nation gets divided along color lines YET again. 4. And tenderpreneurship? I am trying to teach my kids that a Range Rover does not maketh the man. You are teaching them otherwise. 5. The blue-light brigade does not own the roads. Please tell them? 6. My Masters degree is costing me a fortune. I am doing it because BEE only favors the few, most of which are an incompetent elite that I refuse to be a part of. 7. I don't want a Mercedes-Benz or a house in Sandton or a golden handshake. I want to be educated, competent and respectable. I want to leave a legacy. How are you going to empower me to achieve just that? 8. I cannot afford to pay for e-tolls. You are already taxing half my money via income tax, while the other half is spent on VAT, retail TAX and fuel levies. 9. I'm scared of driving my car or opening my house's windows. When are you going to sort out the crime in this country? The painting is DEFINITELY the least of your worries. Sincerely yours, Young, township-born-and-bred black girl

      Ryno - 2012-05-23 13:57

      well said !!!! the whole painting-saga is a storm in a teacup - JZ should actually be very embarressed by this and take a looonnngg look as his last 15 years and then he will understand more about that painting

  • Patricia - 2012-05-23 10:25

    This is South-Africa, they will get away with a slap on the wrist!!!

  • Kobus - 2012-05-23 12:40

    Bet the painting is a copy, pr stunt by either Gallery or Artist. Gallery had more people there in 1 week than the last year

  • Ryno - 2012-05-23 13:45

    2012 - the world is really coming to an end - because of a painting

      tsakane.aubrey - 2012-05-23 15:12

      The world it is nt yet coming to un-end wth un painting...I'm offensive to wht yu hav typed....

      tsakane.aubrey - 2012-05-23 15:12

      The world it is nt yet coming to un-end wth un painting...I'm offensive to wht yu hav typed....

  • tsakane.aubrey - 2012-05-23 15:19

    Tht painting it is an insultation to our do our kids going to respect our leader?the painter deserve to be penalised?yu can't just draw someone without having an official authority.

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