Zuma painting: Accused gets R1 000 bail

2012-05-23 10:27

Johannesburg - The man who allegedly tried to spray paint the word "respect" on the wall of the Goodman Gallery was granted bail in Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

George Moyo was granted R1 000 bail and would return to court on June 14. He was charged with malicious damage to property.

When he was apprehended the letters "res" had been sprayed onto the white wall.

He was the third person to be arrested after Brett Murray's painting The Spear was defaced on Tuesday.

Two men painted over the canvas depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out.

A full bench of the South Gauteng High Court would hear an application by the ANC on Thursday to have the painting removed.

  • Marion - 2012-05-23 10:30

    Overjoyed to hear that a full bench has been convened.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 11:11

      Here is one for you Marion: Reed dance festival: aims to create awareness in young women about the sacredness of chastity. Think Zuma will be invited to the next one and will he be allowed to carry a spear?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-23 11:33

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 11:46

      Best grand I ever spent,

      Janice - 2012-05-23 11:59

      Is this circus going to create civil war in our country??? What we need to concentrate on is serious matters in this country, not this type of cr*p!!!

      onlineivan - 2012-05-23 13:06

      We need to focus on love, to accept our differences and join together so that we can stand up to a much greater problem. There are forces in the world that are trying to divide us, to conquer us and control us and this is the only reason that things like this happen… You have the choice but make sure you understand where these issues are really coming from. It's a lot deeper than race, culture and other differences. We need to look inside the system, see that there are forces at work that feed off all this conflict. It's time now, our chance for freedom and unity is NOW even more than before.

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-23 10:30

    I bet ANC paid his bail...

      Msika - 2012-05-23 10:34

      So what? I wouldn't mind paying his bail too.

      Hadebe - 2012-05-23 10:38

      Your bet is well placed, he shuld have been given free bail.

      MasizaSL - 2012-05-23 10:44

      Yo obsession with the anc is amazing

      Gerald - 2012-05-23 10:54

      I would love to pay his bail. would

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-23 10:55

      I wouldnt mind paying for them as well...

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-23 10:59

      Who cares

      Henk - 2012-05-23 11:00

      also bet that they hired the 15 year old with the can black paint!

      Hadebe - 2012-05-23 11:20

      @Incredible Henk, your bet, as usual, is just wasted, il freely advise u to dessist from betting huh.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-23 11:33

      Can I please settle the bill, whilst he's enjoying his double bells

  • Philip - 2012-05-23 10:32

    R500 less than a murder suspect

      philani.goba - 2012-05-23 10:38

      and your point?

      Klipkop - 2012-05-23 11:04

      Life is cheap in SA my bro.

      Bob - 2012-05-23 11:06

      Kcopah, you have access to a computer and are able to type, but you don't understand Philip's point ?, the point is very clear to the majority of us, unless of course you don't have a problem with murderers.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-23 11:32

  • Koos - 2012-05-23 10:34

    LOOKOUT! HE AS A SPEAR!.... err I mean he got bail and has paint.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 11:02

      More of a knobkerrie than a spear....

      David - 2012-05-23 11:43

      Spear, knob kerrie? It's balls I say.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-23 10:34

    hahaha that’s funny!!! ILLEGALLY spray painting "respect" on the wall :-) Respect the gallery you chop!

      Rob - 2012-05-23 11:39

      ironic, isn't it?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 13:02

      RESPECT US, Educated Fools.....

  • MSGRule - 2012-05-23 10:35

    Should this not be a civil case and not an orginastion case. Should JZ not be taking Mr Murray to court in his personal capacity. And should he not pay for the fees out of his own pocket. Just asking. Or can the cANCer use/abuse any system like they wish? Just asking

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-23 11:17

      It should be a civil case but you will notice the speeed with which his position was dragged into the issue thereby ensuring easy expenditure of tax money

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-23 11:20

      It's like you are saying the taxpayers money is going to be used to pay legal fees,the ANC is going to foot the bill.Your tax is safe don't worry

  • Msika - 2012-05-23 10:36

    Awesome!! Now, get him and the other two heroes a good lawyer.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 10:42

      Give those men ... a shower!

  • i2meleng - 2012-05-23 10:43

    Why is no one saying anything about the black on black hate, the security guys head -butting and slamming on tbe floor the black boy who did not even resist arrest, when the white gentleman was only handcuffed without a scratch on him. Disgusted to say the least.

      Felix - 2012-05-23 10:47

      Stop your crap, the youngster resisted the cable tie and the guard did what he was trained to do. You are purposefully projecting this as a racial issue when it is nothing of the sort.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 10:48

      Did you see the footage? Hardly not resisting arrest. In one instance it looked like he actually try to his one guard between the legs.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-23 11:08

      Felix get yourself a PVR nd a new HD LCD!! @2mi, the John Cena wl get what's coming to him

      i2meleng - 2012-05-23 11:23

      Felix, who said anything about RACE?? Read my comment right and proper before jumping to conclusions, 'Black on Black hate" GET IT!!??? You are the one who is obsessed witn RACE.

      Felix - 2012-05-23 12:01

      " boy who did not even resist arrest, when the white gentleman was only..." Yawn. I could teach you, but i'd have to charge.

  • Curry - 2012-05-23 10:46

    Put the painting up for auction with proceeds to go to an art-based youth charity. Whoever wants to get rid of it most will pay the most.

  • MasizaSL - 2012-05-23 10:52

    Today I realized that some people will never understand the assault the painting has on many of us. So I beg my brothers and sisters we let them be and look towards the courts to settle this matter. I sure with God in our hearts humanity will prevail.

      Gary - 2012-05-23 11:38

      Are you sure the JZ painting was not done by Prickasso? Don't feel so assualted dear Masiza - its a depiction of our Pres reflecting the fact he has 17 wives, 42 children that we know of and about 178 grand chilren which we tax payers have to support....

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-23 13:26

      Gary your lying is probably artistic in you egg size brain but repugnant to the rest of us

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  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-23 10:59

    Well it was sold for R130 000 odd. They will have to pay the successfull bidder his quoted price obviously. Maybe R200 000 or more

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-23 11:48

      If he has paid, just refund him

      Wesley - 2012-05-23 11:50

      after the popularity of the painting it wud have been deemed priceless just before that defacing issue! by far SA's most popular piece of art! and no1 can argue that

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-23 14:27

      This painting with no head will go for beter price price I presume.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-05-23 10:59

    How about organizing a fundrasing scheme to get them good lawyers. How about taxi drivers organizing themselves to go stop that gallery.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-23 13:27

      great idea,taxi drivers know how to get their way,even gov is sh*t scared of them

  • LadySonia - 2012-05-23 11:01

    I think they charged him R900.00 to much!!!

  • LadySonia - 2012-05-23 11:02

    His hearing was a waste of the tax payers money!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 11:37

      Thanks to Murray,

  • Alan - 2012-05-23 11:05

    Ask the 'defacers' to add their signatures to the picture and double the price.

  • Tanaka Kamutimbe - 2012-05-23 11:07

    God,we are your children,wether black or white , please intevein , south africa needs you now

      Gladstone - 2012-05-23 12:07


  • Besil - 2012-05-23 11:08

    he is enjoying his right to be african!

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 11:20

    R1000 bail and R 27.50 for spray paint .. that equals .. MMM THAT is 7 cases of beer . .what was he thinking ??!!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-05-23 11:20

    Ridiculous: murderers get bail for that amount - he should have been released on his own recognisance.

  • Amos - 2012-05-23 11:22

    The painting is ditasteful, it must be taken down, this is way beyond political satire.

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-05-23 11:23

    The defaced painting.

  • noelle14 - 2012-05-23 11:24

    It's amazing how much publicity this painting and the defacing of it has generated when we have more important thingS to attend to in this country - come on Zuma get it right for once. Oh and this is called freedom of expression, something your country, a democracy stands for!

  • Dodozi - 2012-05-23 11:25

    So you mean to strip naked and parade a prostitute on the street would be just, because I would be exercising my freedom of expression in the disapproval of prostitution? Im already saving for the fine money for our heroes. As for the security guard, he is bound to feel our freedom of expression.....

  • george.frangs - 2012-05-23 11:31

    I think the fact that the painting was defaced makes it even more relevant and increases the value exponentially. Besides, the Streisand Effect is taking it's course and everyone with a vague knowledge of Google image search can now see the painting.

  • Wayne - 2012-05-23 11:33

    All this fuss... and yet crimes soars, women being raped, roads still not fixed, health and education in a shambles. Maybe we should paint the same paintings on hospitals and our roads then at least they will be fixed, painted and restored...

  • i2meleng - 2012-05-23 11:34

    Felix, who said anything about RACE, read my comments right and proper before you jump to conclusions.'Black on Black hate' GRET IT, F.E.L.I.X!!???YOU are the one who is obsessed with RACE. NXA!!!!

  • alban.pillay - 2012-05-23 11:36

    How about all 3 of them show respect to the millions of us who also have our own opinion on the painting. Who elected them to be the public censors? If they didn't like the painting they shouldn't have looked at it. They should all under go psychological evaluations as they clearly have a lack of impulse control.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 11:48

      We can analyse you anytime,

  • Andile - 2012-05-23 11:43

    I call on all government departments to stop advertising in City Press

  • Trevor - 2012-05-23 11:50

    Lol weather you like it or not Jacob Zuma is the president and he should be respected as that.

  • flysouth - 2012-05-23 11:51

    How strange that the ANC should make such a fuss over this painting - but say nothing at all over this similar painting, by a black man, which also depicts certain 'notables', including Zuma, with his parts exposed? What is on display here is not Zuma's penis so much as the ANC's quite extraordinary double standards and racism. We really DO need better government than this! See the painting by Ayanda Mabulu here: "The painting, (Oil on canvas, 150cm X 200cm in size) shown above, was one of six paintings by Mabulu that was exhibited end 2010 as part of a solo exhibition at Worldart. The exhibition titled "Un-mute my tongue" depicted the desire of poor black South Africans to have their views heard and considered. The work featured political figures Jacob Zuma, Barack Obama, Robert Mugabe, PW Botha, Nelson Mandela, George Bush, Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Tutu seated around a table, much like in Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. All of the figures are hindered or compromised: Jacob Zuma's penis is supported by a crutch. According to Mabulu, this is a metaphor for the perception that Zuma's sexual escapades are out of control; the crutch implying he needs help to overcome the issue.

  • Trevor - 2012-05-23 11:51

    No matter if you like it or not Jacob Zuma is the president of our country and does not deserve to be belittled

  • matshwara - 2012-05-23 11:53

    Tis' in the genes. Why did we collect Saartjie to rest in peace here at home? I still repeat it, they are still to evolve from their primate way of thinking. This is not meant to insult anyone, but to seed in some food for thought before you aim for 'money pocketing'.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 11:59

      huh ???

      Felix - 2012-05-23 12:05

      Only thing that planted in my head was confusion, which led me to agree with Vinesh here, which sent me into an endless loop of WTF.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 12:11

      You the Hell is Vinesh ???

  • Timothy - 2012-05-23 12:12

    Keep on direspecting us one day is one day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bongani - 2012-05-23 12:21

    I think humanity is facing yet another challenge of distinguishing between right and wrong, moral and imoral and two draw this thin line between the right of one another. Goodman used his right of self expression as we say, but can we not say that these two men also used their right of expression as well. My point here is bring up the problem we are facing as humanity because there is no clear and common line in our generation of what is good and bad. So people will do whatever they feel they have a right to do according to their own set of standard and concience even if that will suppresses the right of the next person. So in this kind of society of what is called "My Right" I do not think the two men who painted over the art should be charged because og "Their Right." They are also denoting the "Self Expression" as it were. But one can see that we (humanity) have lost it and down the drain is where we are heading, not unless these Rights are being trimmed. Bongani

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-05-23 12:27

    im happy that the security guard who assaulted the Black Guy they will arrest Him ....- hate what he did serious face

  • yesgoodsir - 2012-05-23 12:28

    If only all crime in SA targeted the ANC directly, we'd have the worlds most efficient justice system.

  • matshwara - 2012-05-23 12:29

    Can we for once concentrate on our similarities rather than our differences. We might end up asking the relevant questions like, "ANC for Sale? What happened in CODESA 1 & 2? ANC Sold? Are we still under the same enemy's economic control or mental control? The answer might be HUHH! for how many years. Our leaders where are we going? People what do we do then?

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 12:59

    We need to focus on love, to accept our differences and join together so that we can stand up to a much greater problem. There are forces in the world that are trying to divide us, to conquer us and control us and this is the only reason that things like this happen… You have the choice but make sure you understand where these issues are really coming from. It's a lot deeper than race, culture and other differences. We need to look inside the system, see that there are forces at work that feed off all this conflict. It's time now, our chance for freedom and unity is NOW even more than before.

  • ygerber1 - 2012-05-23 13:30

    The amount of energy that is spent on debating the Freedom of Expression is disgusting. Can the ANC not use their energy better on the creation of jobs and the poor? Freedom of Speech and Expression seems to be the luxury of the ANC only.

  • hopesiphiwe.maseko - 2012-05-23 14:11

    Lets hope ANC paid the damn bail for the anc supporter..that's the least they can do for him...its takes a person with guts to do such courageous acts, only that guy and juju can do that...big ups to you bra! You made us proud!

  • Tugwana - 2012-05-23 14:44

    Bring another naked potrait of Zuma for me to deface! I wanna be famous instantly! It's proven.

  • mzwakhe.mhlongo - 2012-05-23 16:45

    The three guys that courageously took the matter up to themselves and defaced the controvesial painting should be honoured by giving them ranks in the uMkhonto Wesizwe for their courageous, selfless acts.

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