Are ANC’s posters flouting traffic laws?

2014-05-01 00:00

THE ANC in Pietermaritzburg has been accused of flouting the National Road Traffic Act by placing election posters on robots and traffic sign posts.

However, ANC Moses Mabhida Region secretary Super Zuma believes they are not breaking the law. Zuma said his understanding was that posters can be placed on the poles so long as they do not obscure the traffic sign.

He added that he would look into the matter further to make absolutely sure.

Robots and road signs in the Cascades area were bedecked with posters over the past weekend.

Some eagle-eyed residents spotted the “illegally” placed posters and alerted The Witness.

DA MPL Radley Keys said that according to his understanding of the act, the posters had to be removed right away by local traffic authorities. There was no need to give notice to the offending political parties or even give them time to remove the posters.

Ahead of the 2011 local government elections, The Witness reported on an outcry when political parties put up posters on the robots along Chota Motala Road. These were then hastily removed.

Local Electoral Officer Nick Davids said the Msunduzi Municipality had a policy in place which addresses issues related to posters.

This was handled by the licensing sub-business unit.

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