Alleged painting defacers in court

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The two men accused of defacing a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma in a Johannesburg gallery will appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The two men allegedly defaced the portrait with red and black paint, obscuring the face and waist of the figure on Tuesday morning.

The painting by Cape Town artist Brett Murray depicted Zuma with his private parts exposed.

The men were released from the Rosebank police station late on Tuesday night on bail of R1000 each.

A third person, who was arrested for allegedly trying to spraypaint the word "respect" on a wall of the Goodman Gallery, would appear with them. He was also released on bail of R1000.

All three face charges of malicious damage to property.

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