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Spear defaced 'to defuse racial divisions'

2012-11-30 13:30

Johannesburg - One of the men who defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed did it because he wanted to defuse racial divisions, The Star reported on Friday.

"I didn't do it for moral reasons, I didn't do it for the ANC, and I didn't do it for President Zuma," Barend la Grange said.

He did it to defuse a "potentially dangerous racial division" that the painting had caused.

The cross over the face represented his opposition to the African National Congress, and the one over the genitals was to oppose what was causing "so much tension", La Grange said.

"The Spear" was painted by Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray.

On 22 May, La Grange and Louis Mabokela defaced the piece at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

Mabokela smeared black paint over the painting with his hands after La Grange had already painted one red cross over Zuma’s genitals and one over his face.

Initially, La Grange approached the gallery to put up a replica next to Murray’s work with the crosses, but he claimed they ignored him.

"The next morning I woke up and thought, 'maybe I must do the real thing'," said La Grange."

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-30 13:38

    I'm with you on both crosses...

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-11-30 13:46

      these anc and its youths are the biggest racists, they did not learn from the past

  • dewald.smit - 2012-11-30 13:40

    Barend la Grange for President!!

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-11-30 13:56

      Just because he knows how to colour in or make an "X"? Our current president can do that.

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-11-30 13:57

      I think.....

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-30 13:51

    And so it raises its ugly little head again,,excuse the pun.

  • uraharabluekisuke - 2012-11-30 13:55

    What a nice legal defense. Now the case will no longer be about the vandalisation of property, but merely a moral satire Woohoo

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-11-30 13:58

      Hahahaha, now who said the white man can't play the race card

      siyabonga.biyela1 - 2012-11-30 14:28

      He pleaded guilty to the charges laid against him

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-30 13:55

    Hahahahaaaa what an idiot!! He deserves to go to jail!

  • solo.mathe.5 - 2012-11-30 14:40

    Its sad that there aren't more people willing to compromise for the sake of racial harmony.

  • andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-11-30 14:47

    No respect and understanding of Art! Le Grange should pay!

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-30 14:49

    “defuse racial divisions”...Good one u r a hero!!!!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-30 14:52

    Many people have died because of naive intentions.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-14 13:56

    Zuma clearly does not get the message "ZUMA the people of South Africa is sick and tired of you - STOP STEALING!! MORON

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