|Zwelethu Mthethwa. Image via Museum for African Art.|
Celebrated South African artist accused of beating woman to death
Text | City Press for
In news that has shocked South Africa’s art community, renowned artist Zwelethu Mthethwa has appeared in court after having been arrested for allegedly beating a woman to death in Cape Town earlier this year.
The 52-year-old artist is internationally celebrated, having shown over 50 solo exhibitions of his colourful large format photographs and paintings around the world.
Mthethwa was arrested for murder on May 5 after being captured on closed circuit camera hitting and kicking a woman to death on the street in Woodstock on April 13.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk confirmed to the paper that Mthethwa allegedly stopped his car, climbed out and walked over to the woman, possibly a sex worker, and started hitting her repeatedly. He was also identified by an eye witness, said Van Wyk.
Mthethwa reportedly appeared the next day in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court, where he was granted bail of R100 000 (about $10,000 US Dollars).
The case has been postponed until August 26.