Charges against the man who allegedly defaced the Queen Victoria statue were provisionally withdrawn at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court today (13/04/15).
EFF regional science, technology and education officer Paul Walsh, 24, handed himself over to the police after they contacted him this past Friday.
The state however refused to prosecute him on a charge of malicious damage to property due to a lack of evidence.
On Friday Nelson Mandela Bay’s EFF deputy chairman, Bo Madwara, distanced the party from the attack. On the same day Walsh also said the vandalism was not carried out by the party.
The statue, which stands outside the public library in the Port Elizabeth city centre, was splattered with green paint late on Thursday.
The Herald published exclusive video footage of the incident which can be viewed here.
Reporters from the Herald were on the scene for the arrest and court appearance. Get your copy of The Herald tomorrow for the full story.
– Gareth Wilson and Riaan Marais