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Case against Goodman Gallery guard postponed

The assault case against Paul Molesiwa was postponed by the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

A message in a window at the Goodman Gallery. Picture: Mayleen Vincent via Twitter

HILLBROW - The case against the man charged with assaulting one of the men who defaced the controversial 'Spear' painting was on Thursday remanded to 11 October.

Paul Molesiwa, a security guard from the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, was arrested after he allegedly assaulted Louis Mabokela in May.

He was caught flipping Mabokela to the ground on camera.

Molesiwa briefly appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court, where his lawyer requested a later court date to accommodate investigations that were still underway.

Meanwhile, Mabokela and Barend la Grange, who are accused of vandalising the painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, return to court on 2 October.

The artwork sparked much outrage from the ANC and its alliance partners who said it violated Zuma's constitutional right to dignity.

It led to a demonstration where hundreds of ANC members marched to the Goodman Gallery, where the painting was on exhibition, calling for its removal.