Businessman caught for damaging The Spear

2012-05-22 13:35

Johannesburg - A businessman and a younger man are believed to be behind Tuesday's defacing of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma.

The two were in custody at the Rosebank police station after they allegedly painted over the artwork.

Greg Palmer, attorney for the Goodman Gallery which is hosting the exhibition by artist Brett Murray, said the gallery would lay charges of destroying private property against them.

Earlier a television journalist working on a story about the painting, titled The Spear, told how she tried to stop the older man from damaging the work.

Iman Rappetti, eNews channel anchor, was in the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, close to the work when the man took out a pot of paint and marked an X across the genital area of the portrait.

She said she grabbed him, while shouting to gallery staff to come and help her.
"It was surreal."

Completely ordinary looking

Rappetti described the vandal as a completely "ordinary" looking critic wearing a tweed jacket. Unbeknown to Rappetti the teenager was standing behind her with a large pot of black paint.

The youngster started "going to town on the picture", she said.

"I was screaming."

Gallery staff apprehended both the man and the youth. The police arrived shortly afterwards and took them away.

Rappetti said the gallery staff told her the first man had identified himself as an Afrikaans journalist. He had visited the Goodman Gallery before.

"He did not sound Afrikaans to me," she said.

The public and reporters crowded outside the gallery, which was closed.

Inside the gallery gate were three private and armed security guards wearing bulletproof vests - with one guard carrying a rifle.

*Sapa reported earlier the one suspect's age as 15. We cannot confirm his age at this stage.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 13:37

    I'm totaly embarrased...I expected some taxi driver thugs who have been offered R200 to visit the gallery.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-22 13:40

      People are seriously loosing their minds in SA... What were these 2 people thinking??? How are they ever going to repay Brett and worst, the boy will have a criminal record against his name, making it very difficult finding a job. Stupid idiots!

      Sematla - 2012-05-22 13:41

      Prof for DA leadership.VIVA.

      Tuco - 2012-05-22 13:45

      Okay, I hope this vandalism concludes South Africa's week long obsession with the presidents genitalia. Its gone now. Now can we move to more important matters? Some of us have had a weeks’ worth of a good laugh.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 13:45

      so i take it that strong spear is pup now...

      Marion - 2012-05-22 13:47

      I disagreed with the painting, but I also disagree with vandalism. I believe there are many potential scenarios for the defacing of this painting. Could be a protest against freedom of expression being shackled, could be that the owner of the painting got people to deface it because he was concerned about the growing anger in SA over it, could be that Brett Murray got them to deface it to prove that it wasn't racist and that his freedom of expression was being thwarted and to keep the dialogue about the painting going on that front. Could be could be could be... was a surreal experience watching it happen on tv news. Look forward to hearing the true reason(s).

      frederik - 2012-05-22 13:47

      Dont worry guys, its just another ANC cover-up.....

      Chris - 2012-05-22 13:48

      @Nhlamo... damage, destroy and get sent to jail... you might want to change your thinking if you think that's what true Africanism should be.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-22 13:49

      Check at the size of the white guy's nose. I'm surprised he didn't use it to poke holes in the canvas.

      Marion - 2012-05-22 13:49

      What was very interesting is that the cameras were on the professor from the moment he started drawing his first x across the genitals and didn't leave the painting in the pause between that and the young guy going up and smearing black paint all over it. Almost like it was orchestrated.

      Schmee - 2012-05-22 13:50

      I see Mathatha has changed name to I. Troll.

      Gin - 2012-05-22 13:52

      Pity reading this. I quite liked the painting I think it depicted him spot on.. considering his brain is located in his genitals it showed his intellectual side..

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:54

      15 years old?! Dude looks like he's in his late twenties! And talk about a "Nutty professor!".

      Sematla - 2012-05-22 13:57

      schmee , o impimpi.

      Charles - 2012-05-22 14:08

      It's a typical South African action - just like when Piet van Zyl attacked the referee in the tri-nations game ten years ago - expressive. Piet was a little drunk, though. These guys? Just overly emotional.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-22 14:13

      This story is showing SA racism at its worst !!! Just look how this Black man was assaulted by this security THUG, and the White professor, gets treated as a gentleman. HOW SICKENING !!!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:13

      @Kalawa - Some how i doubt you could afford to help him financially

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 14:15

      hahahaha a university professor is the LAST thing i expected to hear :-)! Stupidity DOES breed stupidity apparently. You've just lost you're job you twit... & all that over Jacobs penis tsk tsk.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 14:33

      This is what happens when you enrage people. Bravo Professor now teach these detractors how to behave responsibily in a Democracy. There is an available spot at the helm of this minor party.......the DA.

      andrew.arde - 2012-05-22 14:37

      @ AnthonyfromAfrica - good observation, but also note how it was a black man man-handling the other black man! How do you suppose that is racist? If you cannot justify calling someone a racist, it means you sir are a racist for thinking along those lines!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:37

      @Tamaranui - lol democracy... we all know your a communist you dont understand the concept of democracy

      kngoato - 2012-05-22 14:41

      you have some nerve... Taxi driver thug... what is that supposed to mean.

      Charles - 2012-05-22 14:48

      @AnthonyfromAfrica How was that racism? The security guard was black and was acting of his own accord - albeit grossly distateful, that's not racism. I think you're more like from another planet, pal.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 14:57

      Hey kngoato you chop - because taxi drivers are exactly that. Thugs. Brain dead thugs.

      Buzz - 2012-05-22 15:19

      I guess the prof will be up for promotion soon. Vice Chancellor of Limpoopoo university ?

      John - 2012-05-22 15:38

      Well, it was sold for R136 000, so the buyer has a claim for damages against the "professor" and his lackey. I wonder if they realized they would be liable when they decided to defend the undefendable. Next they better put condoms on the spear to protect it.... but oh! I forgot. No condoms, just a shower, some garlic and a beetroot.

      Jan - 2012-05-22 16:25

      I think Zuma should have defaced it himself. I suppose he's busy with his wives and girlfriends, so you can't expect him to take time out to defend his remaining honour.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-22 16:41

      John, And....Garlick and beetroot........that is not JZ!!! Those come from our "gentleman" president Thabo Mbeki, who we would NEVER EVER associate with sex!!!!!!!! We associate him with the death of TENS OF THOUSANDS of South African Aids sufferers, as this Mr Clean, preferred to come with his half baked pseudo intellectual BS re hiv aids, than to come to their assistance!!!!!

      Kevin - 2012-05-22 21:45

      Dead right "The Azanian", perhaps Pythagoras should change his log in name as he is certainly an embarassment to his Greek namesake.

      Preshen - 2012-05-23 08:34

      They should of painted a bigger penis

  • Henri - 2012-05-22 13:38

    So when are they going to declare this a public holiday ???

      gideon.groenewald.9 - 2012-05-22 13:42

      The day the painting got destroyed.

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 13:54

      Good one Martin

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:56

      Hahaha good one Zoolie!

      Bobo - 2012-05-22 14:02

      Hey you all ...I like your avatar`s.. lol

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:08

      Yes, I prefer using my head.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 14:11

      Bobo look closely at mine - I also defaced it - well, I think it's an improvement hahahahaaaaa

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:18

      I defaced mine too, it's just a head now.

      thechrisberryshow - 2012-05-22 14:32

      HAPPY SPEAR DAY!!! - my new favorite PUBIC holiday

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 14:35

      Too many sickos here in RSA.... They need to take a long swim in the Atlantic ocean. Classless Morons...............

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:38

      @Tamaranui - True you should set the example and jump in first

      sanele.vilakazi.7 - 2012-05-22 14:44

      nice zoollie

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 15:55

      Oh no Prof, you really should be in the Lecture Hall. What are you doing stooping to the culture of the common Vandal?

      Alan - 2012-05-22 16:05

      umm a Pubic Holiday you mean?

      fanus.kriel - 2012-05-22 17:30

      I wanted to buy it for five million rands, but it's not worth it anymore ! Maybe R10-00 now /////////////////////////////////

      Joachim - 2012-05-22 17:31

      @Tamaranui, what is wrong with you?

  • Timothy - 2012-05-22 13:39

    now that is art!!!

      Frank - 2012-05-22 13:46

      Bunny hugger and a young fool! Carefully planned and executed as the young fool will come off scot free and the bunny hugger will be freed with a slap on the wrist and a fine paid by the ANC. I am sure that the gallery expected this backlash and the damaged painting is a copy with the real one safely locked away....seeing it's already sold! Stupid dumb fools!

  • Rofhiwa - 2012-05-22 13:39

    well-done! i was planing to do it myself.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-22 13:52

      No, bad idea! Remember how that one guy got charged with assault by merely spilling his drink on Zuma, imagine how these guys will be in trouble for smearing paint over his cock!

      Frank - 2012-05-22 13:55

      And why didn't you, seeing that you are one of the inner circle fools gathering around The Spear (according to your profile pic anyhow). Didn't you feel dirty and used when you stood next to this toad??

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 14:21

      why rofras... is jacobs penis offensive you to?

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:24

      @E=MC2 - Maybe hes jealous of the size? lol

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 14:36

      This Professor is an upstanding Patriotic South African. A person of this Land.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:39

      @Tamaranui - But hes white, how can he be a person of this land, i thought you wanted all white people to go back to europe

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 14:58

      Peter..........Just the detractors, Thanks.

      Vince - 2012-05-22 14:58

      @Stirrer, love your sense of humour!!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-22 16:09

      @Stirrer - what drink was that? Cocktail?

  • Lionel - 2012-05-22 13:40

    And we thought with Juju fading, this place would get boring! :D

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 14:22

      have you watched the video? :-) Exciting stuff i tell you!

  • Freddie - 2012-05-22 13:40

    Hey prof, you missed the picture to the left of this post. Not to mention the millions online. I hope you are forced to pay for the damage you caused. R136,000 is a lot on an academic's salary.

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 13:50

      It could well have been a publicity stunt - one wonders how you can stroll into a place with guards, armed with paint stuff - in any event, I did not think the pic was art; all the ANC have achieved is to elevate Murray as an artist - he's gonna be making loads of money with any crap he paints.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 14:00

      I tend to agree with you Lionel.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 14:37

      We will pay for it with Tax payers money from the WC( water closet)

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:40

      @Tamaranui - That made no sense, well done heres a noddy badge. Like it or not its your tax money idiot

      carl.kirstein - 2012-05-22 14:51

      Me thinks the value of the painting is more now than it was yesterday.

  • Roger - 2012-05-22 13:40

    Hurry Jump up and down and Start throwing stones. This will solve all your problems. Wonder if they will catch the person behind the 15 year old boy.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-22 13:44

      Huh? Who was behind the boy??? Puff puff pass dude!

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:01

      @Pythagoras - lol...

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-22 14:33

      @Pythagoras tell Roger not to be greedy with it hahahhahhah share whatever you're smoking dude!

      Roger - 2012-05-22 15:04

      @pythagoras , There is always a Puppet Master

  • Ryno - 2012-05-22 13:41

    i wonder how much they were paid to do this - will get the best legel rep that the anc can buy in court!!

  • George - 2012-05-22 13:41

    LOL what a joke!

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 14:23

      watching all the little worker bees getting into such a buzz about nothing is actually quite Amusing ! :-)

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:27

      I know! look at how big his nose is!

  • dave.leverton - 2012-05-22 13:42

    15 year old - is it school holidays ?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-22 13:51


      Heinz - 2012-05-22 13:56

      No, it's just a day of for the 1st graders... That's why he's off.

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 14:23

      he looks like 20 to me...

      raath - 2012-05-22 14:44

      He must be one of those rent-a-crony guys Cosatu uses...

      Alan - 2012-05-22 16:12

      @Paulandlankosi - Nope - not Gardener, he's a painter

  • En - 2012-05-22 13:43

    The artist was stupid to think this wouldn't happen. Should have put it in a vault or something.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:56

      But now its worth alot more than the orignal value

      raath - 2012-05-22 14:45

      I think the original may have been put away since it was sold, and a copy put up for the exhibition.

  • Mike - 2012-05-22 13:43

    If they did not substitude the original with a copy after all the Hoo Haa they are not very bright

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-05-22 13:43

    I respect you Prof. You really are an academic!! And that boy can't be 15, but they are my heroes

      malcolm.goldhill - 2012-05-22 14:29

      @Zama Mhlongo. What is it that causes you to respect wrongdoing? Have you not seen the harm done by criminals in SA, much like the crime comitted by the prof and the youth. You should know better in view of the fact that you work for the Dept of Correctional Services.

      thechrisberryshow - 2012-05-22 14:41

      illegally defacing private property doesn't make you an academic, it makes you a criminal. declaring criminals as "your heroes" makes YOU sound challenged......ethically and mentally.

      Herman - 2012-05-22 18:20

      Guys, just think about it? How degrading is this painting to the president of south africa in the face of others. Don't we have any hearts anymore. Have we not got any sense of morality anymore, or even respect. For me, i feel better now that the painting has been vandalized, since it is a shame to even consider showing things like that. Prof, i respect you and your colleague. I don't care what people say, but this painting is a shame on the face of every south african, and also shames the name of art.

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-22 13:44

    pay up!

      Martin - 2012-05-22 13:48

      popcorn? cos this is gonna be better than the hunger games

      frederik - 2012-05-22 16:24

      yes first pay then jail.... well said Adele.

  • Mfundi - 2012-05-22 13:44

    Enough about this painting. Can life just go on already? The images will never be erased from our brains though.

  • musamuskid - 2012-05-22 13:45

    This is democrazy at it's best... Bravo... More still to come!!! PG

  • Karen - 2012-05-22 13:45

    Ok so now the president can drop the charges and get on with real business like his wedding.. Clever that they used an under age boy???

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-22 14:37

      Who's they?

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:42

      @dumisiledee - the anti-democratics

  • katlego.senyanyathi - 2012-05-22 13:46

    Lets hear those racists comment

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-22 14:05

      which ones? the white or the black ones?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-22 14:24

      I am definately upset with the racism shown by the security guard- he should have moered the prof as well

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-22 19:09

      I think Valentino had an excellent ride on Sunday. Could it be the Ducati is sorted, or was it the pep talk with Michael before the race? Or the rain?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-22 13:47

    just unbelievable

  • Corne573 - 2012-05-22 13:48

    The nazi's like to burn books by Jewish authors. In China people disappear in the night when they criticize the government. Do you want newspapers with blacked-out pages again? Trying to prevent people expressing their view is tantamount to preventing people from thinking.

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:05

      @Corne573 - I saw this on tv news but I wanted to check where the tv reporter tried to stop the vandalism. All I get is a totally black screen when I try view the video on News24. Maybe just my software, but...

      eil33nn - 2012-05-22 14:09

      A painting gets defaced, the church calls for the artist to be stoned....Yep back in the 13th century

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 14:29

      @Marion here is the youtube link

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:49

      @Vusi - Thanks for the link. I see she did step up to talk to him and the camera did move away briefly. Wonder what the hell the guy with the laptop was doing squatting behind the prof...

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 13:48

    Now make the Prof a Minister of Education..surely he taught them a life time lesson...!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:59

      Well doesnt take much, anyone can be better than the current minister.

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:24

      @Vusi - the more I think about this, the more I know it was carefully orchestrated and the more I realize that you are the one who is going to learn something when you find out why this painting was really defaced.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-22 14:25

      ye he's already an expert at covering up

  • wmoyo2 - 2012-05-22 13:49

    I love it. The security expect some black thugs, unfortunately it was not. Good work Guy

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-05-22 13:49

    Those two beat me to it... I was still planning my move on the painting. In SA its easy to become famous, just do the most stupid thing and boom there goes your name, Facebook, Twitter, eTV, Daily Sun, Parliament... Fame is cheap here... I bet even now if relevant people can see my post they are going to make me famous...

      Michael - 2012-05-22 16:21

      clearly a quick thinker here , how much planning needed to paint over a picture

  • wmoyo2 - 2012-05-22 13:49

    I like it.

  • Wayne - 2012-05-22 13:50

    Finally someone does something about the painting. Brett and his cronies must respect his/their elders. they may have committed a crime, but they have exercised freedom of expression, as much as he had done so.

      aimee.l.fowler.5 - 2012-05-22 14:18

      1. Destroying property isn't freedom of expression bud. It's a criminal offense. 2. I seriously doubt that the artist has "cronies". 3. What on earth has art got to do with respect? It's Art. Has anyone heard of the Streisand Effect? Prime example here. No one would have even heard about this before the ANC made such a stink about it. Now all I hear about are Zuma's bloody genitals. Awesome. Not. How about the ANC stops going on about A PAINTING, and actually tries to run the country? #novelidea

      Wayne - 2012-05-22 14:36

      @aimee-: I think brett might aswel go ahead and draw a similar painting of you or ur parents too and see how that will turn out. The point I am making is, he is attacking the president (despite his faults), who is a father and the face of this nation, who happens to represent you/us too. He is an elder in this nation aand we are to honour them, not degrade them. Brett harmed \property\ by attacking human dignity through freedom of expression. It would be wrong of me or anyone to insult you through a drawing and then say, its art, deal with it. You know it.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-22 13:51

    An interesting twist to the soap opera.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 16:16

      Hope he gets Life Bouy!

  • Christopher - 2012-05-22 13:52

    What a coward you are professor. I see you might be getting a tender for this?? So you take an underaged boy to do your dirty work. Your family must be so proud of you...geezz I would hate to be anyone related to you, the crap they going to get because of you...Their goes your blissful family ties!

      Jackie - 2012-05-22 14:19

      I think he is your brother, I am sure you thought that all whites I racist like you. Well you have been proven otherwise, there are white folks who sees what is moral wrong

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 14:27

      Sounds like two are related. I am not a racist at all. It does not mean I must take crap the government dishes out...And because I speak out about it, I am a racist you say. Go away!

  • lulama - 2012-05-22 13:52

    Give these men a Bells

      Jean - 2012-05-22 13:54

      Ag just stop it with the bells comments, its stupid!!!

      Gerald - 2012-05-22 14:00

      Ding Dong Dairy Bell times 2 THere he has bells

      mornelaubscher - 2012-05-22 14:00

      Is that the best you can come up with lulama? more like lu"lame" ja.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:10


      Alan - 2012-05-22 16:17

      Ok OK - Give the Pres. a Bols!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-22 13:53

    Probably another imported coomie????

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 13:57

      Imported from the Eastern Cape

  • Andrew - 2012-05-22 13:53

    Boy these okes are stupid.... They don't know that the artist had the whole thing planned and knew what reaction the painting would get from the ANC and its elite. Now the whole world’s watching on CNN and BBC and seeing how freedom of speech are being raped by a corrupt government in South Africa. The same happened with the DA – CUSATU march last week. Helen knew that there would be violence but thought its good propaganda for the outside world to see. The mighty ANC once supported and respected by the outside world, would bring its own downfall. Karma is a lady-like dog!!!

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 16:57

      Seeing as you insist on making the same comment on two articles, I will give the same response: Zille would never risk the lives of DA supporters just to make a point. Brett would never accept R130k from a buyer, only to allow for the painting to be destroyed. If you insist on your argument, then you are implying that Hellen Zille is reckless and sick. You are also implying that Brett is no person to do business with. That's not a very smart way to look at life.

  • maphuma.vanramothopo - 2012-05-22 13:54

    Well done prof.I thought it was defaced by illiterate thugs.U r so clever,from today every University in the World will invite u to come and give a lecture.An overnight Exposure.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-05-22 13:55

    LOL.....@The last paragraph.... Inside the gallery gate were three private and armed security guards wearing bulletproof vests - with one guard carrying a rifle.

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:08

      @vanetia - that was a paint gun in case the original plan didn't work.

  • Lucy - 2012-05-22 13:55

    how very clever and let the 15 yr old do it...typical anc. where are the parents of this child and why was he not at school. the education dept should also investigate this as this government has led everyone to believe that a child can only stay away from school in cases of sickness and exceptional circumstances...and I do not believe destroying other peoples property was a valid excuse/ I hope he gets tossed out of the school he attends. Lets see what the head of the school has to say about it and what action they will be taking too. If the so called professor has aided and abetted the child in committing a criminal act then he needs to be charged with that as well. if he is the childs parent then welfare and social workers need to be brought in to investigate the well being of the child. And if this is a professor at a university or any place of education and learning then he needs to be fired immediately as we do not want our children taught by criminals.

  • thabo.p.m - 2012-05-22 13:55

    ok so this guy(black)? gets harassed yet the white oke before that went bout his business without hinderance... gets one thinking...

      mornelaubscher - 2012-05-22 14:03

      You obviuosly haven't read the article proporly "poephol

      Kyle - 2012-05-22 14:25

      the security guard only arrived when the white guy had stepped away. Why are we even interested in their race anyway? The government has got us at eachothers throats while they continue being corrupt! 2 days for zuma to get a court date, but for mdluli we must wait? Come on dude. This is the new south africa. We have to kill racism

      mike.clery - 2012-05-22 14:35

      @Kyle - it's not the government that's got us at each other's throats. If anyone's to blame, blame Ferial Haffajee of City Press for stirring up this hornets nest. But judging from the comments, it doesn't look like we needed much help in the racism department anyway.

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:53

      @thabo - yes it does, doesn't it. Lot more to this than just the painting being defaced. Now this, in my opinion, has created pause for thought and a genuine dialogue.

  • Rudi - 2012-05-22 13:55

    This just in, some guy has spraypainted the gallery on the outside yelling : "you must respect the president". This is the funniest thing ever!

      Marion - 2012-05-22 14:30

      @Rudi - surely not. FMG.

      Michael - 2012-05-22 16:26

      we must respect the president like he is respecting the art gallery ?

      JEDEGWA - 2012-05-22 21:27

      What is interesting is how culprits are treated diffrently after committing similar offence

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 13:56

    Who's next? Mugabe...oh God I dont wanna see how he's 80s wina's gonna look like, I'll end up having nightmares.

  • billidp - 2012-05-22 13:56

    Nice going, Professor - way to treat youngsters vandalism 101!!

      Barefoot - 2012-05-22 14:01

      He he he talk about doing practicals

  • Dale - 2012-05-22 13:56


      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-22 14:07

      Are schools not teaching how to write anymore?

      Corne573 - 2012-05-22 14:26

      The message is "if I don't like it no-one else is going to see it"...

      Dale - 2012-05-22 14:48

      @paul. Really! I'm guessing you have nothing better to say, so you attack the way i Write. Keep your 2c. I'm guessing you need it more then i do!!!!

      Dale - 2012-05-22 14:57

      @paul. Hey if you don't like the way schools are teaching people. Why dont you burn it down. Seems to be the norm around here

  • Aikhona - 2012-05-22 13:59

    The big question now is: Where to with the aimless court case? What to do with an FPB who had no biz sticking their noses in anyway? And guess who is still looking like the biggest idiot as a result of this saga? Yup, the Showerheaded one. I guess from here on even less invitations to significant international events. I for one wouldn`t want to to host someone who knows or cares so little about the economic well-being of the country he is entrusted with that he`ll close down a whole section of town just to protect his non-existent self-esteem.

  • Sematla - 2012-05-22 14:01

    Protect that 15 year old he is a minor. His action should be an eye opener to those who are resisting to change. You are upsetting "THE YOUTH" AND WHEN THEY ARE UPSET? BA CHESA MPAMA!

      christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 15:26

      The little bastard should be in school! No wonder the country is going down the toilet. Instead of educating himself he destroys what isn't his. Typical.... Try and build a nation with that sort of ''YOUTH''. Not much of a future for SA with that mentality.

      Mummy - 2012-05-22 19:38

      Maybe he's one of Zumas 500 children

  • Zamani.nkosi - 2012-05-22 14:01

    Well done proff...

  • Zamani.nkosi - 2012-05-22 14:01

    Well done proff...

  • Kevin.snake - 2012-05-22 14:03

    “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” ? G.K. Chesterton

      Marco - 2012-05-22 14:22

      wazfvg; '

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-22 14:04

    Crazy people roaming free. Now how are they going to face a bill to cover R139K damage. Truly stupid. anyway this was the inevitable. they should had glass to protect it from the lunatics.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-05-22 14:05

    Everyone has the right to be stupid. It's just that some poeple abuse the privilege.

  • mxo.nhlangothi - 2012-05-22 14:05

    Give that Prof. a Bells and an ice cold Coca cola 4 d young man.....luv these guys.

  • monkinsane - 2012-05-22 14:05

    Really? this is getting ridiculous! Those 2 are definitely older than 15, so where is the student? News24 stop making up garbage.

      Tshepo - 2012-05-22 14:10

      Read carefully before commenting...#getYourFactsRight

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-22 14:51

      Guess who's stupid now @Monkinsane?

  • Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2012-05-22 14:05

    just another example of sa becoming a banana republic an a dick-tatorship

      christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 15:29

      I agree! Welcome to Africa!

  • Msika - 2012-05-22 14:06

    This gentlemen have earned my respect today. What I like about them, is that, one is black and the other is white. Proof again, that if black and white can come together, we can make this beautiful country of us shine for all who lives in it. Now, get them a good lawyer and take them out of that prison cell, they dont belong there (preferably the team representing Zuma at the high court today).

      Rudi - 2012-05-22 14:12

      I appreciate your sentiment Msika, I really do, but this should've been handled differently..

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-22 14:06

    Im loving this story wow, a Prof !!!!! And some Illiterate racists who has never been to Varsity, save when they accompanied their fathers to erect (Whites Only notice boards)  were going on about ANC thugs, wow if thugs are Prof I would rather be one, any day!! This guy is a Prof he knows exactly what he is doing, this is not a big deal he is going to walk. Give that Prof a bells !!! I hope he is from Stellenbosch

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-22 14:18

      And you are erecting Democracy for 'Blacks only notices'. You are a racist litirate idiot, witch is even worse because you should know better. Wake up big girl, your ZANO PF style political colours are showing more and more.

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-22 14:53

      @Marko.miladinovic.52 your grammar is terrible man geeeez!