'Smear' court changed to Hillbrow

2012-05-23 12:37

Johannesburg - The two men accused of painting over Brett Murray's controversial depiction of President Jacob Zuma will have their case heard in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court after all, a court official confirmed on Wednesday.

Police originally said they would appear there but the court was changed to the Johannesburg Regional Court, then back again to the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

Earlier at the Hillbrow court, George Moyo was granted bail of R1 000 on a charge of malicious damage to property for allegedly trying to spray-paint the word "respect" in black on the white wall of the Goodman Gallery on Jan Smuts Avenue, where the painting titled The Spear was on display.

He was the third person to be arrested in relation to the painting on Tuesday.

While still waiting at the regional court, one of the two accused of painting over and smearing the work said he was making a political statement.

"It was my spoilt ballot paper," said the man, 58.

He allegedly made two large red crosses on the painting, one over the exposed genitals of Zuma and another over his head.

He said he did not know the other man accused of smearing black paint over the work, and that he only met him after they were both arrested.

The man said it was not about art, but rather a political issue, which had become a race issue.

The man said he would only comment in detail later about his actions.

Moyo was also at the court to show his support for them.

His case was postponed to June 14 for further investigation.

  • Koos - 2012-05-23 12:51

    I’d be worried if my face was on a ballot paper and another man was trying to make a cross over my genitals especially given that there is a box next to each candidate where you are supposed to put your X. NO! No X’es on genitals. Bad! It’s just a bad idea. Then again I’d be even more terrified if it was a 58 year old white guy trying to do this! What was he thinking!

  • Peter - 2012-05-23 13:04

    WTF why is this a healine who gives a sh*t where the case happens, it makes NO difference? FFS get your priorities in order

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