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Goodman Gallery drops Moyo charges

George Moyo was arrested after he painted over a poster outside the Goodman Gallery.

'The Spear' defaced. Picture: Gareth Brown/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - Charges were dropped against a man who defaced the outside wall of the Goodman Gallery during 'The Spear' painting controversy.

George Moyo was arrested after he painted over a poster outside the gallery during the height of the controversy over Brett Murray's painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals on show.

Moyo said he was happy with the judgment and does not regret his actions that had led to his prosecution.

"If I was given the opportunity to protect human dignity, the human rights I would do it again."

Moyo told Eyewitness News the Goodman Gallery made a good call by dropping the malicious damage to property charges against him.

He justified his actions by purporting to protect the president's dignity.

"I saw it as a total disrespect of somebody's human dignity."

Meanwhile Louis Mabokela and Barend La Grange, who were caught on camera defacing the controversial painting, have not been left off the hook as their court case continues in September.

Prior to it being vandalised, 'The Spear' was featured as one of the pieces of artist Brett Murray's 'Hail to the Thief II' exhibition, which commenced on 10 May 2012.