Political parties prioritise removal of posters

2016-09-29 09:28
An EFF poster on a lamp post in Bombay Road has not yet been taken down by the political party.

An EFF poster on a lamp post in Bombay Road has not yet been taken down by the political party. (Supplied)

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Political parties have promised that all election posters still hanging on light poles and structures in the city will be removed come the weekend.

Msunduzi Municipality had given all parties contesting the elections 14 days after the results were announced to remove their posters.

But some residents said that posters still clung to light poles along their roads on Wednesday.

Ravin Maharaj, who lives in Bombay Road, said people had started to ask if he was an EFF supporter as the party’s poster still hung outside his home.

“When I told the people that I was not an EFF supporter, they asked me to take the poster down. But I am not going to do that,” Maharaj said.

He said the party that erected the posters should be responsible for taking them down.

“I just don’t like it outside my house. The party should go around and make sure that all its posters are down,” he said.

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said ANC, DA and EFF posters could be seen along some roads in the Edendale area.

EFF member Arthur Tissong said the party would prioritise the removal of posters. He said EFF members had gone around the city removing posters, but some may have been overlooked.

“It is probably just a few that are around and we will remove them as a matter of urgency,” he said.

ANC regional secretary Mzi Zuma said the party’s leaders had instructed their constituencies to remove all election posters, but there “may be some random posters left behind”.

“We will take them down as soon as possible, as I am sure it is just a few posters,” Zuma said.

DA caucus leader Sibongiseni Majola said he would remind councillors during their meeting this week to look out for posters that may still be erected.

“Every councillor must go around their ward and make sure every poster is removed. We ask the public to understand that some roads which are not frequented may still have posters, but they will be gone by this weekend,” Majola said.

None of the parties said they had received any fines from the municipality — R50 per poster as provided for in the bylaws.

Political parties had 14 days after the announcement of the results on August 6 to remove all their posters.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the council was monitoring whose election posters were still up, but could not confirm if fines had been issued to the guilty parties.

“All political parties were timeously reminded at the Political Liaison Committee meetings and are fully aware of the signage bylaws relating to political advertising, as well as the penalties for non-compliance,” she said.

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