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'Spear' vandalism case postponed

Barend le Grange and Louis Mabokela will be back in court in September.

Barend le Grange. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The case against two men accused of defacing 'The Spear' painting at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg was postponed to allow police time to investigate further.

Barend le Grange and Louis Mabokela allegedly smeared paint on the artwork which depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

They made a brief appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Magistrate Hansie Engelbrecht extended le Grange and Mabokela's bail, but warned this would be the last time he gave police more time to investigate the matter.

Engelbrecht said the extension prejudiced the rights of the accused to a speedy trial.

The magistrate called the police's failure to do their work on time a form of brutality because the case could be heard in the time people are kept in jail cells.

Engelbrecht cautioned that the case would be struck off the court roll if the prosecution did not proceed with its case.

The case was postponed to September.