Two men caught defacing controversial painting "The Spear"

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The Spear, a controversial painting by Brett Murray, that was defaced. In this image, the significant area has been blurred out.

The Spear, a controversial painting by Brett Murray, that was defaced. In this image, the significant area has been blurred out.

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The Spear, a controversial painting by Brett Murray, that was defaced. In this image, the significant area has been blurred out.

The Spear, a controversial painting by Brett Murray, that was defaced. In this image, the significant area has been blurred out.

A provocative painting of President Jacob Zuma has been removed, and the Goodman Gallery will be closed for the time being. The artwork, titled the Spear, was vandalised today. The two men who were arrested for defacing it, apparently do not know each other.

Captured on camera by Third Degree and witnessed by eNews senior anchor Iman Rapetti, the two men painted a red X on the artwork and smeared black paint on the canvas. Security guards apprehended the men and were taken into custody.

Bail of R500 has been set for one of the men.

He will appear in court on Thursday. The man has been identified as 25-year-old Lowie Mabokela, a Hillbrow taxi driver. Mabokela says he will lay an assault charge against the security guard, and will also claim for damages as he was injured in the altercation.