Posters: Citizen's anit-littering campaign sparks cries of 'rasism, bias'

2008-09-09 00:00

Posters promoting ANC president Jacob Zuma’s court appearance on Friday and encouraging his supporters to gather at Freedom Square led to a confrontation yesterday morning.

The wrangle ensued when Megan Frean (75), chairwoman of the Duzi Conservancy and member of a city ward committee, removed the posters from walls in Jabu Ndlovu Street.

Pedestrians and employees at nearby businesses got annoyed and confronted her about her action.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) posters have been put up all over the city, including the red brick wall that divides Jabu Ndlovu Street.

“She [Frean] is a racist because we always see posters promoting religious activities on the same wall, but we never seen her removing them,” said one of the witnesses.

But Frean accused the ANCYL of putting up the posters without applying for permission from the city’s licensing department.

“I am not racist or anti this political party, I am anti illegal [and] arrogant behaviour. They never had permission for this littering. I spoke to the licensing officer who said no licence had been applied for or granted.”

She said it is not the first time she has removed illegal posters.

KZN ANCYL general secretary Bheki Mtolo said permission for putting up the posters on walls was indeed granted by the city’s licensing division. “I phoned the [Msunduzi] mayor to attend to the matter. That woman’s action has racist sentiments. People who don’t want to live with us are free to leave our country.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Evodia Mahlangu said the ANCYL had submitted an application, which was approved.

bhans@witness.co.za

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