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DPP to consider 'the Spear' charges

The DPP will now consider dropping charges against two men accused of defacing the spear painting.

Barend la Grange can be seen defacing 'The Spear' painting at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. Picture: eNews.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions has to now decide whether to drop charges of malicious damage to property against two men accused of defacing 'the Spear' painting.

Louis Mabokela and Barend la Grange argued their case in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The pair was charged with malicious damage to property in May, after they were filmed defacing the controversial painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

Mabokela and la Grange appeared in court this week, where they were given a chance to make representations to the director of public prosecutions and the Goodman Gallery on why the charges against them should be dropped.

The outcome of that will be given at their next court appearance on 2 October.

At the time, the men claimed to not know each other.

Meanwhile, a Goodman Gallery security guard accused of assaulting Mabokela appeared at the same court on Friday.

Paul Molesiwa's case was postponed to 27 September, as the court was still without copies of the assault docket.

The court also didn't have footage of the alleged assault, which was captured by an eNews Channel Africa cameraman and the gallery's CCTV system.

Molesiwa, who is employed by the Core Tactical private security company, was caught on camera flipping Mabokela to the ground.

The court ordered that a copy of video footage of the apparent assault be made and given to Molesiwa's lawyer.

Charges against George Moyo, who spray painted the letters "res" -respect -on the gallery's outside wall, have since been withdrawn.

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