‘The Spear’ vandalism case postponed

Mabokela (26) was caught on camera defacing artist Brett Murray's painting The Spear at the Goodman Gallery on May 22 2012. He faces charges of malicious damage to property. He is expected to take the stand on his next appearance on July 25 to explain why he smeared the painting.

His uncle and spokesperson Steven Sefofa said Mabokela's story has not changed. "He did it because the painting was disrespectful to an elder and president of the country. That is all we have to say to the court," he said escorting his nephew to the car where his Limpopo supporters were singing and waiting for a judgment.

The disappointed supporters travelled to court in buses and taxis on Thursday morning, certain that they would hear a judgment. But they are not disheartened.

Masisi Litlopo (22) said the next time they will bring more people to prove that they support what Mabokela did and he must be acquitted.

"In our culture such disrespect to a father figure is unheard of. We cannot let modern times belittle a country's president," she added.

The security guard who allegedly manhandled Mabokela at the Goodman Gallery is due to appear in court on Friday on charges of assault.

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Khuthala Nandipha
Khuthala Nandipha is a journalist for the Mail & Guardian. This involves writing about various social issues that develop and change on an hourly basis. Her interests are, in a nutshell, how South Africa and the world’s revolution affect the person on the street: “the forgotten voting citizens”, as she calls them. She loves writing, and taking photos as a way to complement her stories. She grew up on the south-east coast of East London in the Eastern Cape. She studied journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She is not new to Jo’burg, having spent the first eight years of her journalism career working for various newspapers and magazines there.

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