‘THE SPEAR’ DEFACER CONVICTED
JOHANNESBURG — One of the men who defaced the controversial
painting of President Jacob Zuma was convicted in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court of malicious damage to property yesterday, the SABC reported.
According to SABC news, the court found that Louis Mabokela, a Limpopo taxi driver, intended to damage the painting at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank in May last year. Mabokela reportedly maintained his innocence, saying he saw nothing wrong with what he did. He said he was merely protecting the image of the president.
The second defacer, Barend la Grange, has paid a R1 000 fine after admitting his guilt. The painting was said to be worth about R100 000 and gained value after it was defaced, the SABC reported. — Sapa.