Remove election posters or pay up, municipality tells parties

2011-08-23 00:00

POLITICAL parties will have to dig deep in their pockets to pay the Msunduzi Municipality if they don’t remove posters from the streets by the end of the week.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the political posters, which were put up ahead of the May 18 local government elections, will be removed as soon as the strike is over.

Political parties will have to pay R50 for each poster removed.

Driving around the city, The Witness saw many posters still mounted on lamp posts, walls and billboards and under the bridge in Moses Mabhida (Edendale) Road.

Zuma said the municipality has written letters to all parties reminding them to remove posters as the elections have long passed.

“The letter was signed by the acting municipal manager, Thokozani Maseko, on the July 4 addressed to all political parties.

“If we have to remove them ourselves, we are going to charge R50 per poster to the responsible party,” Zuma added.

“As for billboards, they are privately owned and parties pay to advertise on those billboards,” Zuma said.

Msunduzi Municipality by-laws state that all posters must be removed within 14 days after the elections.

Zuma said the bridge in Moses Mabhida Road belongs to Spoornet.

Transnet spokesperson Sandile Simelane said political parties should comply with the bylaws of the municipalities and remove the posters.

“If they don’t remove the posters the law must take its course,” he added.

The provincial electoral commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission, Mawethu Mosery, said the IEC does not have powers to force parties to remove posters — municipalities have to act.

“If the parties feel that this is the right time to campaign for the forthcoming elections, it’s up to them but parties will have to comply with the municipal bylaws,” he said.

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