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Le Grange took 'calculated risk'

One of the men responsible for defacing a controversial painting on President Jacob Zuma says he took risk.

Barend le Grange at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court after defacing 'The Spear'. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Barend la Grange on Wednesday said he took a "calculated risk" when he tried to destroy the President Jacob Zuma painting.

On Tuesday, la Grange and Louis Mabokela smeared paint onto Brett Murray's controversial painting depicting the president with his genitals exposed.

The incident took place at Johannesburg's Goodman Gallery.

La Grange admitted to the crime, but said he did it with good reason.

Speaking outside the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court, he said he was deeply offended by the painting.

"I was not the only one. There were two people behind me and I don't have anything to do with that. They were prepared to destroy that painting."

He admits to planning the incident and said staff at the gallery should have anticipated something like this.

Both men will return to court when the matter resumes on June 28.

Meanwhile, the security guard who assaulted Mabokela has been arrested after assault charges were laid against him on Wednesday evening.

The police's Vish Naidoo said, "He was granted R500 bail and is expected to appear again in court next week Monday."