Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
8 Jan 2022
5:50 am

ConCourt vandal may have reached a ‘breaking’ point, says family

Bernadette Wicks

They said he was struggling to rebuild his life after a prison stint.

Paul Makaula in the dock of the Hillbrow Magistrates court in Johannesburg, 6 January 2022. He is accused of using a hammer to smash the windows of the Constitutional Court. Picture: Neil McCartney

The family of the man thought to be behind the vandalism of the Constitutional Court this week has shed new light on what might have driven him to take a hammer to the historic building’s glass facade. They said he was struggling to rebuild his life after a prison stint and could have reached breaking point. Paul Makauta made his first appearance in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on Friday to answer to charges of malicious injury to property. During proceedings, it emerged the 36-year-old father of-three had a previous conviction for murder dating back to 2010, and was out on...