Vandal's uncle travels from Limpopo to protest

2012-05-29 10:34

Johannesburg - The uncle of one of the men who defaced The Spear a week ago has travelled from Limpopo to Johannesburg to join the march against the work and was one of the first to arrive at the protest on Tuesday.

Stephen Sefofa, uncle of Louis Mabokela who was caught by television cameras smearing black paint across the work depicting President Jacob Zuma, said he came to Johannesburg to support the protest.

"An insult is an insult...let us be one," he said.

Sefofoa was speaking on behalf of his nephew who was with him at the march but deferred to his uncle when questioned by journalists.


Mabokela laid a charge of assault against the security guard who subdued him in a struggle after he damaged the painting.

Paul Molesiwa, 36, appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the assault.

In video footage of the incident Molesiwa can be seen head-butting and flipping Mabokela onto the ground where he cable ties his hands behind his back.

Sefofa said he was glad City Press had withdrawn the work. A member of the public, Sipho Mweli, said he came from Mpumalanga to join the protest and to support President Jacob Zuma.

Around his neck he had hung cardboard on which he had written, "Draw your white father naked not our president."

Painting needs to be destroyed

He said the placard was aimed at Brett Murray and he challenged him to draw a white man in the manner he had drawn Zuma.

Elijah Tauraza, also from Mpumalanga, said the painting was intended to belittle Zuma.

"How do you portray the president exposed when you have not seen him that way, even when he grew up?" he said.

The painting by Murray needed to be destroyed, he said.

"Keeping it in any form was an insult to Zuma and South Africans," he said.

The crowd at Zoo Lake numbered several hundred mid-morning. The group was singing liberation songs and dancing to music played over speakers on the back of a truck.

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 10:41

    OF course he will .... maybe we can get Mugabe to come too .. and his cousin, and his nephew, and his aid, and his aids cousin and the cousins aunt and the cousins ex girlfriends daughters uncle's mother ??? Party for all ,, COME COME, there's a lot to burn and wreck in JHB. Dont forget to bring the kids ,, there will be jumping castles and lemonade

      FreeSpeech - 2012-05-29 10:50

      Here’s the problem (not for the white man though) with the word “underprivileged”: It's PASSIVE. The black people at the bottom of the economic food chain are the OPRESSSED. They are down there because of oppression. This is why the term "less fortunate" infuriates me. It simply disregards the history of racial subordination and oppression and says that we are "unlucky. It removes the context

      Mmannyo - 2012-05-29 10:53

      The ANC have the power to attract the masses in one place for useless things, Zuma can battle Murray alone. This gatherings should be used for discussions such as, how can we create employment, how can we reduce crime, how can we better our education, how can we improve our health system etc.Please do not! I repeat do not classify blacks with this crap, I am black,under no circumstances will I participate in nonsensical things. I you wish to use a label for the blacks who are there I suggest this one for you, THE UNEMPLOYED SUPPORTERS OF THE ANC.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-05-29 10:56

      I am so sick of these racist clowns!!! Why didn't I ever hear of this painting? Maybe because a black man painted it?

      John - 2012-05-29 11:02

      ay free speech why dont you go join them down at zoo lake and bring all your gripes and groans about apatheid up there, its been 20 yrs get a life.

      John - 2012-05-29 11:23

      @ mmannyo, maybe you could have a beer with free speech and poliodonkey to educate them and bring them up to speed in the new south africa, try and tell them to go out there and tell all their unemployed buddies that the only way this country is going to work is by improving the point you mention above, good one wish we were all on the same wave length

      Jennifer - 2012-05-29 11:32

      This is a marvelous way to divert attention from the fact that the ANC has failed the people. They have served only themselves. And while you march and watch people burn and wreck things think about why you're not marching for the people without services or medicine - the high crime rate, lesbians murdered, children abused, lost rape dockets, the criminal police , lack of food- lack of school books And don't be impressed by them making universities, your children won't get through them if they don't go to school first... Schools which that ANC has failed to support Mr Zuma is your willy picture really more important than them? Enjoy the march but know this - The ANC in 20 years has not used the billions and billions of rands in taxes to help you.

      Loo - 2012-05-29 12:05

      Freespeech ... you are so outspoken . .YET ,, you dont touch the Ayanda Mbulu subject . .SAME as Zuma that doesn't want a public debate with helen Zille .. WHY ?? Because one doesn't fight a fight you know youre going to lose ??? Yip .. prove me wrong ,, cmon

      Zambezi - 2012-05-29 12:15

      I wonder what the reaction was going to be like if someone drew Jesus on the cross with his genitals hanging out?

      Loo - 2012-05-29 12:26

      Erm Zambezi . .so Zuma is a God now ???? Ohhh My ..F ... spot the mistake in mentality people .. WOW

  • Stephen - 2012-05-29 10:41

    Idiots, its got nothing to do with the fact that he's black. Just that he seems to be doing nothing else but getting it on.

      zymsimango - 2012-05-29 10:57

      may be u need to let it go down well that anc will rule until jesus comes back, u idiot

      Stephen - 2012-05-29 11:02

      Is the ANC paying you to troll and spread its BS propaganda. Are you not able to substantiate your claim and refute my claim?

      Gary - 2012-05-29 11:04

      @zymsimango - Probably true - but that also means you and your brothers who vote ANC will continue to live in a shack, be poor and be lied enjoy!

      Bambanani - 2012-05-29 11:58

      @stephen is the DA paying you to have a verbal diarhea about the ANC.

  • Matewis69 - 2012-05-29 10:42

    Is that really the best story of the day you could come up with??? There's much more news out there than this stupid senseless one!!!

      Press - 2012-05-29 12:38

      How about this one - "Zumas best friend Richard Mdluli to lead the traditionalists bussed in from Limpopo in protest against artists who exercised their freedom of speech . . . "

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-05-29 10:42

    which Limpopo are they from, we did not sent anyone to that march. the ANC in limpopo is not part of that march.

      zymsimango - 2012-05-29 10:54

      its only few idiots like u who want to divide the anc provincially, masses are behind jz

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-05-29 11:42

      @ Zymsimango ANC in limpopo is united and we believe in the freedom we fought for, i rather devide the party and keep the country united and protect the constitution from dictatorship. i hope the number of thumps down tell a different story about who is an idiot.

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 10:46

    STILLLLLLLL no mention of the naked, penis in the wind portraits of Ayanda Mbulu painting that featuring Zuma, Mandela, Tutu and others... WTH dont the ANC say ANYTHING about that. BECAUSE they DONT belive in the merit of their conviction,, thats why .. just another reason to party and protest for political gain. Brainwash the illterate masses and win the election

      stevie0064 - 2012-05-29 10:53

      I'm beginning to think Mbulu's painting is merely an incidental similarity. What matters here is portraying Zuma (and only Zuma) as a victim right before the Manguang conference. He did the same thing in Polokwane.

  • Herman - 2012-05-29 10:49

    If ever there has been a show of the anc how much they despise the whites in SA, this is it.

      Rupert - 2012-05-29 13:46

      i think the reverse is true also , how white people despise black people and the black leadership of this country .

  • Msika - 2012-05-29 10:49

    Stop calling the man a "Vandal". What happened to being innocent until proven guilty???

      Janice - 2012-05-29 11:03

      How can he be 'innocent' when most of the world have seen the footage, you clown?

      Stephen - 2012-05-29 11:05

      It's not relevant when the whole country has seen footage of him defacing the painting in HD on youtube.

  • Carla - 2012-05-29 10:55

    So in other words, if that painting was of a white president, then it wouldn't be a problem?

      Gilbert Madondo - 2012-05-29 11:14

      O Hail to The Rainbow nation! This nation is deeply divided! I hope,President Mandela and Archbishop Tutu now realize how the TRC was a failure. Hatred,bitterness,anger,fear,prejudice and racism run deep in this beautiful country. As the whites and blacks are fighting about their skin colours the moslems are taking over,very soon,Iran!

      Carla - 2012-05-29 11:25

      I'm not fighting asbout skin colours. I'm simply asking a question.

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-29 11:42

      Here is one Moi, and the guy jus laughed it off, lot more mature, and no threatening of women to remove things, no threats for forced apologies, no boycotts.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-29 12:04

      @moi,no it will not have been a problem,apparently what we are told from our former apartheid architects that it is allowed in their civilized culture to draw each ather naked,and porn is what they like,and their kids are drawing their parents with their private parts hanging.

  • Janice - 2012-05-29 11:01

    Im SOOOO tired of this joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The-third - 2012-05-29 11:04

    geez... we really know how to flog a dead horse in this country.

  • Donald - 2012-05-29 11:05

    "The People" don't even realise it, they are being treated exactly the same as slaves. for a roll and juice they will do anything. The ANC could write the handbook on slavery. How to enslave the masses and have them be happy with it.

      Herman - 2012-05-29 11:14

      Just how dumb are the anc supporters.......hell and they have voting rights!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-05-29 11:09

    Not much to do in Limpopo anyway.

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 11:14

    Dumb Dumb, paintings can be re-painted, this one will be re-painted as it's already sold. In fact the artist will paint thousands more because people will pay anything for something so popular. So, the court case means extra advertising for the gallery and artist and more sales = more cash. I guess if Mr Murray's father held the same position as Mr Zuma and did the things Mr. Zuma did he would also paint him this way and make money. Everyone likes money and people find ways to make money. Mr. Murray hit the jackpot because the ANC being the greatest advertisers made an issue. It's all about how you advertise my friends. I dare Stephen Sefofa to make a painting of his choice. The reaction will be different and sorry sir there will not be $$$$ for your painting. Seize the opportunity, the trap worked for Mr. Murray and everyone fell for it.

  • VaMbozha - 2012-05-29 11:21

    so what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • Andile - 2012-05-29 11:21

    Zuma's support has been consolidated: Oh! Murray what have you done...

      Bambanani - 2012-05-29 12:06

      thanks to murray,zuma for 2nd term.

  • Steve - 2012-05-29 11:22

    Did the poor people realy have to waste their energy and time on this senseless march. I thought the simplest n cheapest route to solve this problem was to get a 'BELL' front-end loader n demolish that satanic gallery.

  • Steve - 2012-05-29 11:23

    Did the poor people realy have to waste their energy and time on this senseless march. I thought the simplest n cheapest route to solve this problem was to get a 'BELL' front-end loader n demolish that satanic gallery.

      Press - 2012-05-29 12:45

      No - but dont you think it is going to be a great dinner topic for the new owner of the painting when he shows the videos of the massess being bussed in from Limpopo to protest agains the Constitutional right of freedom of expression . . . . and his/her painting.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-29 11:24

    oh for fracks sake - who gives a flying fart ? the irony is that the masses support the ANC but the ANC doesn't support the masses. if zuma and his cronies did a halfway decent job of running SA they'd be left alone.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-29 11:34

    I wonder why my respect for Zuma has not been improved by this cheap politicking and rampant populism? Zuma may well have been defamed by this painting, but as public figure who wields power he should know that he has reduced legal protection for his dignity. This moralising, anti-intellectual, populist political crusade for the glorification of the rather tarnished party leader does not deal with the failures of the ANC government.

  • ziphok1 - 2012-05-29 11:35

    When you people going to learn? When everyone turn againts Zuma lot of people come up an support him. I don't say you must like him, but the sooner you start playing the man. Chances are you'll lose the game.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-29 11:35

    @Elijah Tauraza, go and look at this link:, ... Oh wait, you wouldn't know how to, cause your party makes you blind.

  • Walter - 2012-05-29 11:43

    Mmannyo!!!!............ SO WELL PUT. Other than for poor municipal services, have these people ever thought of demonstrating about the extremely poor performance by the ANC government. Time for a change, BUT will the under-privileged, uneducated masses realise that?

  • Desmond - 2012-05-29 11:46

    He is from Limpopo. Why am i not surprised ?.

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 11:59

    I'm going to paint something similar of FW De Klerk and called it, "Ou boet se Knopkerrie." I will then have my exibition in the Voortrekker monument where everyone can bring their families and enjoy pootjiekos and brandewyn. Hopefully the AWB will be demonstarting so that I can also get my day in court and edvertise so that tannie Martie can make some bucks for me. Dis lekker in Afrika jong. Ons bly maar agteruit even though we boer voorentoe. Sometimes life is just great with all the other peoples in our Umkonthwe Isizwe rainbow nation. Eish, I enjoy my president, he is so commical, I don't even need to watch Koeksister Paleis anymore. Enjoy the day all my adopted brothers and sisters.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-29 12:10

    Well I suppose he must be so proud of his little vandal, probably runs in the family.

      Gilbert Madondo - 2012-05-29 21:55

      No Nigel you've got it wrong,in our culture it is right to be polygamous where as in your superior white culture murdering babies(abortion) and unnatural relationships(homosexuality) is ok. That is exactly how different our cultures are.

      Rodney - 2012-05-29 22:18

      LMAO! Gilbert, pull your head out of the sand bud. Homosexuality may be forbidden in African culture, but it is alive and well, just read the news. As for abortion, I think I would rather abort an unwanted child than throw it in a longdrop toilet to die, again, read the news and educate yourself before spewing nonsense.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-29 12:13

    Zuma is on his way to second term, It's an African notion that u white people know nothing of, When calamity befalls a person, or if a person is being victimized as was Zuma everyone gathers to support them....... U wouldn't know anything bout this too, like u don't know it's inappropriate to expose a man's private part who is married n is a father..... Europe awaits u so u could fit in, u know nothing bout African Culture....

      stevie0064 - 2012-05-29 12:16

      Ah, sweet validation...

      Nigel - 2012-05-29 13:34

      True words. Our cultures are so different. In our White culture we kick useless thieving thugs out of our community. Something you just wouldn't understand in your culture.

  • mbonyathi - 2012-05-29 13:09

    art is art but comes a point where we need to draw a line and what if his parents were drawn in the same nature as he did to the President, and then asked him if thats still art or not?

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