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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.

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