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Gallery security guard arrested over Zuma painting incident

By Sapa | May 23, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

A charge of assault was laid

A security guard who arrested a man who allegedly defaced a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma at a Johannesburg gallery has been taken into custody.

  “He was arrested a short while ago,” police spokesman Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said.

  The guard was filmed head-butting and flipping Loius Mabokela onto the floor after he had allegedly defaced “The Spear” with black paint in the Goodman Gallery.

  Naidoo said a charge of assault had been laid by Mabokela on Tuesday night.

  Outrage has greeted the treatment of Mabokela.

  A second man, Barend la Grange, who made red crosses over the painting was arrested with no apparent violence.

  The picture depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed.

  Further details of the arrest and court appearance for the guard were not immediately known.

  The gallery stayed closed on Wednesday.

  A third man, George Moyo, has also appeared in court on a charge of malicious damage to property after allegedly trying to spraypaint the word “respect” on a wall outside the gallery.

  All three were released on bail after appearing in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court.

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That security guard must not only be charged but that young man must sue his and his company's and the gallery's pants off. He must learn not to abuse black people in the name of pleasing his white masters. About the Zimbo who also took part in this i just dont know.

May 23, 2012 4:29 | 0 replies

Can someone tell me why black people have got this negative attitude towards people of their ilk. I am saying this as a black person ma self. One time we were being served at this restaurant and this lady who was serving us was such a sweet soul but the lady who was my companion was so demanding acting like a diva and it took a lot out of me not to call her into order as I was very irritated by such behaviour. Also I have also been at the receiving end of such shoddy treatment by my fellow black brothers and sisters though I try to be polite as I know that throwing a tantrum does not help as it usually makes the situation to be worse. What that security guy did was uncalled for and the guy was not even resisting which just goes to show that he's the bully.

May 23, 2012 4:40 | 0 replies

That gallery must close.This black guy must sue the gallery for R200 Million

May 23, 2012 6:9 | 0 replies

Wisdom2 -- DA must sue COSATU for R200 billion, if we are going by your logic.

May 24, 2012 7:7 | 0 replies