Zuma Must Fall banner culprit 'handed over' for prosecution

By Kirstin Buick
15 January 2016

A hard-to-miss "Zuma Must Fall" billboard that went up in central Cape Town on Friday morning has got tongues wagging about who paid to erect it.

Whoever it was, they could be in serious trouble. Following the furore that the banner created, the City of Cape Town released a statement declaring the banner  to be illegal. "The large billboard which has been erected by a private party on private property in the central city does not comply with the City of Cape Town’s Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-law," the statement read.

"The billboard has also been erected in contravention of the National Building Regulations and Standards Act.

"An application for the billboard in question was not received by the City. This matter has therefore been handed over for prosecution."

The City said it was viewing the transgression in a very serious light."

Meanwhile, social media was abuzz with speculation over who had erected the enormous poster.

Many suspected it was the Democratic Alliance, after the party repeatedly called for President Jacob Zuma’s impeachment.

But DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said they were not responsible. "It isn’t ours," she said with a chuckle. The large advertising space hugs one side of an apartment block at the top of Long Street, on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel streets. Renting the space is sure to cost a pretty penny. Twitter was abuzz with speculation. Many took their own photos of the billboard, which sits above a McDonalds.

Adapted from News24

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