CBD ‘safe abortion’ posters may be illegal

2008-02-06 00:00

The man behind the pasting of stickers advertising abortions on the municipality property may be doing so illegally.

The man, who identified himself as Hussein Kaganda, admitted that he never applied to the council for permission to paste his stickers on council property. The Msunduzi Municipality also does not have records of anyone applying to paste posters and stickers on its infrastructure.

Kaganda said the abortion clinics no longer operate, even though thousands of posters spring up every day.

He said he was not aware that he had to make an application to the council for permission to advertise the "safe abortions".

He later backtracked, saying he has in fact been warned by someone from council to stop the pasting. He avoided questions about when he intends stopping or applying for consent.

He could not say whether he was a licensed medical practitioner, but said he was only responsible for putting the posters up.

He refused to reveal the practice number of the doctor he said conducts the abortions, or their exact location.

The municipality is aware of the complaints regarding the illegal pasting of the stickers, which read: "Safe abortion, pain free, same day".

The city’s licensing manager, Mandla Sithole, said that they have not received an application for permission. He said the department is investigating.

Sithole said that there are numerous cases similar to the "safe abortion" stickers and warned members of the public who put up posters or banners illegally that they will be considered guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction for a fine not exceeding R1 000 or one year’s imprisonment, or both. Failure to remove the poster will result in the municipality instituting a further fine of R50 per poster pasted illegally.

A concerned citizen, who has made it his duty to remove the posters, said he would like to see council doing more to prevent unauthorised pasting of stickers and posters on council property. "These posters, which are stuck all over in the thousands, are degrading to women and are turning our city of choice into a city of dirt," said the citizen.


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