TV journalist grabs painting vandal

2012-05-22 13:09

Johannesburg - A television journalist working on a story about the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma, tried to stop one of the men who defaced the work on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

"I was screaming."

Gallery staff apprehended both men and the police arrived shortly afterwards and took them away.

Rappetti said the gallery staff had 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 second man appeared to be working with the first one. The gallery closed after the vandalism, and the public and reporters crowded outside.

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

  • John - 2012-05-22 13:12

    and the footage you got will be worth a tidy sum.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 13:18

      wtf a africaner? has everybody lost it?????

      Tuco - 2012-05-22 13:29

      Iman be honest, what where you doing so close to a painting of JZ's dong hanging out? lol!!!

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 13:30

      what a big cockup....hahaha

      Sean - 2012-05-22 13:31

      Loved it when the security guar headbutted the one guy !!!!!!!!!

      Matthew - 2012-05-22 13:31

      @ Jono. Thats the truth of it all.from the word go,it was about the publicity.anyone who cant see that should really think harder about it all. Typical about how this has happened etc,but not bothered. What bothers me the most in all of this,is that,there so much other nonsense going on (serious stuff) and this is where all the attention goes to...this stupid painting (i support the painting and the artist by the way,just saying) when meanwhile theres places where 10 000 text books for school arnt getting there.service deliveries and so on and so on,the list could go on forever (its the ANC,what do you expect) and yet,this painting issue is the biggest concern to the ANC/Zuma. thats what gets much other things that need seeing to,and everyone is going on about how big zuma's tollie really is,or that its racist and disrespectful to african culture...Please,people,get life and wake the F up =/

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 13:32

      to all those that condone this sort of action...I say this... YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE END FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE END OF DEMOCRACY, ALL OF WHICH MADIBA FOUGHT FOR! - SHAME ON YOU!

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 13:39

      An Afrikaner nogal.....kwa, kwaaa, kwaaaaa!! This is just the beginning. We're heading for an interesting political comedy. My word!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:49

      @ttshabalala - are you blind or unable to comprehend english? "He did not sound Afrikaans to me" how did you get an afrikaans guy from that? kwaaaaa

      Marion - 2012-05-22 13:54

      For those who never saw the tv footage it was a middle-aged white man and a black youth who defaced the painting i.e. a non-racist act.

      Helmut - 2012-05-22 13:59

      Now it's worth some more money

      Preshen - 2012-05-23 12:09

      They will face “Stiff” Penalties in Court

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-22 13:14

    A bit naive of Goodman gallery to think that this would not happen.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:17

      You're right but that says something about SA, why should we expect it to happen? This wouldn't happen in any other democratic country around the world, i guess this isnt a democratic country afterall

      phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 13:32

      Go to America and display naked in black with earphones will come and get yah the moment you open the gallery doors.

      Jason - 2012-05-22 13:35

      @Peter are you being serious??? Protesters do far worse in other countries than just throwing paint! But the Goodman Gallery lost the plot, as soon as this became a big deal the Artwork should have been cordoned off and nicely dressed security chaps standing next to it!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:39

      @Jason - Note how i said democratic

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:39

      @The-Azanian - I think youve been watching too many movies dude

      william.nettmann - 2012-05-22 14:07

      @ Peter: The USA isn't democratic? I don't follow you.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 14:10

      AZANIAN - I hate to break this to you, but there is a naked painting Obama, and guess what, the artist still enjoys the freedoms that are encrusted in the constitution. Thats the fundamental difference here, freedom is only one sided in SA, and if those very same freedoms are enjoyed by the minority, its labeled as racist!

      sabongam - 2012-05-22 14:31

      @ Peter -I'm not saying that the guy was Afrikaans or not. Your statement is not that bright either...Just becuase the guy doesn't sound Afrikaans doesn't mean that he's not and also just because someone sounds Afrikaans doesn't mean that he is...I must admit I don't sound black as I don't speak with what you would call a typical black accent because of the schools I went to...Now,just because I have what you may call a Durban "English accent" does that make me English?/white?

      Bambanani - 2012-05-22 15:31 enjoyed too much freedom during apartheid remember and you were not complainig atleast now you can complain.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 16:06

      @Bambanani - how exquisite of you bringing in apartheid, I had nothing to do with apartheid and the fact that you still attribute your shortcomings, and lack of an intelligent response, is tantamount to your inability to debate on facts.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 16:11

      Bambanani - to add, are you saying that white people cannot enjoy a "free" country because of some idiots in the past? If so, this demonstrates that behind the mask you portray, you are as racists as the very same people you speak of. Now what does that make you?

  • dee.shabalala - 2012-05-22 13:15

    Give those guys a bells and national orders..........

      thami.rapoo - 2012-05-22 13:21

      They deserve it really.

      Msika - 2012-05-22 13:23

      They each deserve a double of the special reserve.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:25

      Yes give them a bells for helping end democracy...

      Jaykayem - 2012-05-22 13:31

      They deserve a bells 25year old special reserve..i love it!!atleast some people can see da light!!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:40


      Marion - 2012-05-22 13:57

      @dee - I found the painting totally offensive but I do not believe that gives anyone the right to deface. My personal feeling is that two of the scenarios could be that the artist had it defaced to create further dialogue or the owner had it defaced to aid simmering tension in SA to die down. Many other scenarios.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-22 13:15

    I say no to censorship... But we got bigger problems than this bloody painting... Maybe these dudes did us all a favour.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:26

      Its still going to go through the court, so regardless it has changed nothing

  • Mashudu - 2012-05-22 13:16

    Bravo Bravo

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:25

      Yes Bravo down with democracy! BRAVO BRAVO... fool

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 13:34

      Brian is next to be it! This is great.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 13:36

      Oh, they say his name is Brent, not Brian....well, same difference.

      Mashudu - 2012-05-22 14:00

      @ Peter, do u call that portrait a democray?? lol.

      christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 14:06

      Mashudu, youre a tool....

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:11

      BRETT!!! Geez...don't you people read?! It's not like there's a shortage of reading material on the subject.

  • Christo - 2012-05-22 13:16

    It was all a set-up! Interesting how eNews was there exactly when it happened. Iman Rapeti of eNews over-did the acting! The acting of the security guard was pathetic! In any case, good marketing value for the gallery!

  • Abrham - 2012-05-22 13:17

    was e tv tipped off

      Msika - 2012-05-22 13:48

      The man should have klap that psycho Iman Rapeti. Is she part of the security at the "badman gallery" or what?

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:51

      "badman gallery" lol so orignal

  • Msika - 2012-05-22 13:17

    For as long we still have morons like Brent Murray, racism will never end in this country.

      Rudi - 2012-05-22 13:19

      Are you as angry about the singing at the et case as you are about the painting?

      smakuwa - 2012-05-22 13:23

      msika as long as we hv such people like brent murray nowhere to go why he didn't potrait P.W.BOTHA

      Msika - 2012-05-22 13:27

      @Rudi, both groups of crowd (those singing kill the boer and those supporting ET with their AWB attire) in that ET case, are just as dumb as this Brent Murray guy to me.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:27

      Yes because you are the pillar of anti-racism Msika

      Rudi - 2012-05-22 13:28

      Good for you then

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:29

      For as long as we have morons like you, racism will never end in this country. Get over yourself already FFS

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 13:37

      Short memory it seems - that Brent Murray did the same with apartheid politicians is all but forgotten. He was as critical against the Nats as he is against the philandering and womanizing president. Yet now he is a racist - during Apartheid when he criticized crocodile and Co was he a racist too. Msika - as long as people think each comment, each piece of criticism is being racist - racism will never end in this country.

      Felix - 2012-05-22 13:46

      smakuwa, you just commented that you 'want all white people dead' on the last story. Seems you are a big part of the problem.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:13

      BRETT BRETT BRETT!!! How many times must someone type his name...illiterate people.

  • Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:18

    I laugh Brett paid them to deface it, as part of the statement - imagine that! That would have been legendary. How does a guy walk into a gallery with a pot of black paint during a controversial protest I wonder? Just a silly thought.

      Byron - 2012-05-22 13:30

      you mean to destroy the evidence before it's entered into court as exhibit A lol

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:45

      Hahaha! Could well be! Check the youtube clip - howcome security took so long to get there, even when the journalist was screaming for help?

      Thando - 2012-05-22 19:44

      You may be on to something

  • gaeleen - 2012-05-22 13:19

    don't know why you interfered

  • Ivy - 2012-05-22 13:21

    Well done guys you did our hard fought democracy a favour, you stood up for the black majority

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-22 13:25

      The order of Ikhamanga will bestowed on you

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:28

      democracy lol, you wouldnt know democracy if it smacked you on the face and said "HEY HEY YOU! YES YOU! IM democracy"

      Sean - 2012-05-22 13:33

      @Ivy - Lol !! So bloody ``intelligent`` !!

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:02

      Hard fought? YOU didn't fight sh*t!

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 13:23

    ok and one of the guys is WHITE, so what were you saying again about blacks being stupid and vandals? Don't judge before you know the whole story....I was told ish, what have you got to say now? mhhhhhhh? talk to me tltltltltlttl

      Bennie - 2012-05-22 13:26

      seems like someone was half wrong , and half right!!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:29

      @Vusi - Who said blacks were stupid and vandals?

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:31

      Lol Bennie! Hey regardless of their skin colour they're both morons in my book.

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 13:31

      @Peter, some racist guy who didnt agree with what I was saying. He opted for the race card...I guess now this is hard to swallow

      Byron - 2012-05-22 13:39

      @Vusi - you have to forgive Peter he only focuses on black on white racism on the forum and glosses over the rest of the bigotry

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:42

      @Vusi - Well congrats on stooping to the level of a racist? Seriously dude if you are against racism then dont use double standards, that makes you no better than they are

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:03

      He just happened to have a white skin. He is stupid and a vandal!

  • Ziggamann - 2012-05-22 13:23

    Rappeti is from Mitchells Plain where they dont take kindly to vandalism

  • Marius - 2012-05-22 13:24

    Sorry, but watching the footage on tv shows no effort from anybody trying to stop these guys. They only interfered after the damage was done. There were no hero's today, only cowards.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:32

      Either that or it was a setup or done on purpose. In time we'll find out.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-22 13:24

    The Dumb Anc tried to Unring a Bell --- Congratulations

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 13:26

      Thx to the White ANC Member who messed it up

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-22 13:31

      We are just speculating here.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:34

      @Vusi - Lol ah your illogical statements make me laugh, your racism seems to have skewed your thinking. You know this guy is ANC how? Actually is fine you can keep him, hes anti democracy so ANC is a perfect fit

  • Wizcom - 2012-05-22 13:27

    I have never in all my life seen such hype and attention about one mans "prick". The whole country has literally come to a standstill over this media frenzy. All this while millions who have no access to media let alone basic services strive each day to just survive! GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON YOU PRICKS

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:32

      Got a bit of penis envy there old bean?

  • Foe - 2012-05-22 13:28

    Perhaps the defacers were artists, merely expressing their viewpoint? Should they be jailed for freedon of expression?

  • letlhogonolo.g.senokwane - 2012-05-22 13:29

    Ok. We all know gore etv is anti-Zuma

  • hamboneZA - 2012-05-22 13:30

    I bet these 'vandals' will be found to 'dillusional' and we'll never hear another word about it.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:48

      So they'd have to cough for the nurse ;-)

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 13:30

    its amazing how useless and bored South Africans are...come on a painted picture managed to draw a huge publicity just like the ET chaos. Even Aljazeera, BBC and CNN covered this joke of a story...I'm amazed. But that was a good publicity stunt from the artist.

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-05-22 13:30

    I've just seen the incident and wow I have got new heroes. I would like to meet the two gentlemen as they are indeed my HEROES! Well done guys and I'm delited.

      thandeka.mbele.5 - 2012-05-22 13:46

      @Zama imina lowo. Kodwa wht took them so long.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:46

      If your heroes are communist you can keep them

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:05

      Your sense of humor is sad. If you delete all the hero statements, there will be no comments anymore. dumb.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:26

      Wow...your definition of a hero isn't three year old could do the same

  • schalk.w.visser - 2012-05-22 13:30

    That is why I don't like security guards, why did they not stopped them.

  • Daren - 2012-05-22 13:31

    Wow, the country is gone mad

  • Roger - 2012-05-22 13:32

    I can See what is going to happen here : The guy that got caught is going to try and sue and lay charges against the TV journalist. Then he is going to Rally up people and they will Sing and Jump up and Down and Stamp thier feet. Everyone is doing this..This is how things gets resolved..

      Mokonyane Mk Maraba - 2012-05-22 13:46

      Thats our culture, that disposed and overthrowed the racists dragonic apartheid mentality, are you so short minded you already forgot? Will sing *mochini wam* and *so sebenzise*

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:25

      Dragonic apartheid...uncivilised democracy...sounds like the same thing to me.

      Roger - 2012-05-22 14:58

      @Mokonyane... Dont get offended that you cant join them. Im pointing out that we are All educated people and I dont think dancing and stamping your feet will get you food and money in your pocket. But hey..thats just 1 view, SHould I say Freedom of speech or are you going to sing another song ?

  • Mdu - 2012-05-22 13:32

    For some strange reasons the black guy was surverely manhandled whereas his white compatriot was being calmed down,it makes U think heyy.We need more of these paintings for our worste president ever.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 13:50

      The white guy doesn't resist arrest - you can clearly see the black guy resisting. Luckily it was a black security guard and not the white one, or everyone would be pulling out their race cards.

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:06

      He should have dipped his head in the black paint and resisted arrest!

      Msika - 2012-05-22 14:17

      I bet all you guys see is black and white, even when there's red, pink, purple. You must be suffering from color blindness, really.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:24

      True Hugh...too true

  • lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-22 13:33

    Another third man arrested @goodman gallery for demostrating .

  • Luvo - 2012-05-22 13:34

    Hey anyone noticed how the comments traffic dropped down when it emerged that one of the vandal heroes was white?? Mhhhh.....

      thandeka.mbele.5 - 2012-05-22 13:42

      @Luvo lol

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:43

      Maybe people have lives outside of trolling news24...

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:23

      Or maybe there's so many articles regarding this particular bit of old news that it's getting a tad difficult to pick one.

  • Proudly - 2012-05-22 13:35

    They should of painted the journalist red and black taking the law into her own hand she could of been hurt. Luckily the two gentlemen are civilised.

  • haydn.burnett - 2012-05-22 13:38

    Think what you will about JZ. He is still the president of our country & to depict him in such a manner is disgusting & paints a poor picture of the grade of people living SA. That being said, those people who defaced the painting have just thrown fuel on an already blazing fire. I am becoming increasingly disappointed with the actions of my SA bretheren. We claim to be a democratic, free & tolerant society, but stories like this, & the racist, ignorant comments made by so many of you, from both sides of the colour spectrum ... well I'm just very disappointed.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:22

      Can't argue with reason.

  • Douge Fresh - 2012-05-22 13:40

    wow, its a pity you people take it so serious. FFS its a painting.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:44

      FFS its about democracy

  • Moses - 2012-05-22 13:40

    What i like about the whole inccident is that, the people who poured paint on the picture are whites. I shows that not everyone and every white person supported the picture. It is just unfortunate that one spoiled potato spoils the whole bag. Well done guys and dont worry you will be out soon and the ANC Promises you a celebrity status.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 13:44

      It was never about race you tool. It was about freedom of speech and democracy, of which you have no concept of

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:21

      Correction...a middle-aged white man and a 15 year old black boy defaced the painting.

  • Simone - 2012-05-22 13:49

    the security gaurd acted as if the guy was a terroist, blown completely out of propertion! Time to move on and report about something more serious that a stupid painting!!!!!

  • Faizie - 2012-05-22 13:50

    The security guard should play for Kaiser Chiefs, nice headbutt

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-22 13:51

    What a misleading headline, Iman Rappetti can not even catch an ant

  • Marion - 2012-05-22 13:52

    I never saw that tv journalist grabbing anyone to stop them although I did hear her shouting that it wasn't only the young guy who had defaced it. Many reasons why this painting was defaced, some of them even pointing at the artist / owner in my opinion. I've come up with at least six possible scenarios and probably not even one of them is the true reason.

  • Marc - 2012-05-22 13:57

    Funny how the fact that the ANC wanted the painting removed so badly it has made this piece of art an international superstar in less than 3 days though their own doing. This is known as the Streisand Effect read about it here.....

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-22 13:57

    Pretty shoddy security. Walking into a gallery with containers filled with paint. They should have been stopped in their tracks at the entrance. Hope the gallery does not any real valuables, like a Picasso or two, on display.

  • Heinz - 2012-05-22 13:58

    Kick his ass Iman!!

  • Rupert - 2012-05-22 13:59

    such a big ruccus over one small tottie .......sjym....

  • katlego.mokgatle - 2012-05-22 13:59

    I wuld have done the same. Yes Zuma did a lot of bad stuff but he's only human just like the rest of us. I'm against that pic Zuma is not ma favorite but he deserves to be respected.

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:19

      Will you respect the man who rapes your daughter? Tell the father of the woman Zuma raped to respect him.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-22 13:59

    if i was the Gallery owner i would've expected this and had the original hidden outta sight. It took a lady to stop a thug - quick thinking madam.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-22 14:02

    What happened to Freedom of Speech - oops but not against ANC.

  • lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-22 14:02

    There was more comedy @goodman when a third man was arrested for spraying the word Respect @ the wall .

  • christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 14:04

    Well that was fun while it lasted! HAHA!! Poor sap that paid all that money for it. Fact remains, they can pour all the paint in the world on that painting, but the image of JZ will remain the same. People still see him as a clown because of his total incompetance and the way he acts not to mention the way he portrays the image of SA through corruption and just plain daylight robbery of our hard earned tax money. He deserves every bit of harsh publicity that comes his way!

      cijimpim - 2012-05-22 14:27

      Talking nonsense

      christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 15:48

      Truth still hurts, doesn't it? Ignorant twat...

  • Kevin.snake - 2012-05-22 14:05

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

  • Stephen - 2012-05-22 14:14

    Freedom of expression is for advanced cultures, perhaps we just aren’t there yet.

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 14:17

      There's no "we" in this country.

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 14:14

    You haters clearly don't know who you hate if you don't even know the artists name.

      sanjay.singh.35762241 - 2012-05-22 14:27

      it's not about a name, it's about respect...

      Rockafella - 2012-05-22 15:53

      We couldnt care chief ...sit ur ass down!

      Rockafella - 2012-05-22 15:53

      We couldnt care chief ...sit ur ass down!

  • lmapheto - 2012-05-22 14:15

    South Africa Alive with Possiblities...sepoulo ke sa le shupuloga re swara yo mongwe...

  • Musa Mahlangu - 2012-05-22 14:18

    Why would the reporter apprehend anyone? This is what gets reporters in trouble. They take sides. Instead of shooting pictures and getting the story the reporter chooses to be part of the story.

      Msika - 2012-05-22 14:22

      Because, she's from that biased tv broadcaster called and I bet she indian.

      sanjay.singh.35762241 - 2012-05-22 14:23

      absolutely correct..

      Sthembile Move Simelane - 2012-05-22 14:34

      These journalists r never impartial, they r always biased. they r a disgrace to their profession sies.

      nkululeko.gcwensa - 2012-05-22 23:31

      Well said

  • Sihle - 2012-05-22 14:30

    End of freedom, end of if you know better? you are talking crap. We are where we are bcos of your suppression. You continue with your racist attitude by painting such disgusting things...and you call it democracy...go to hell.