City pushes for removal of election posters

2014-05-12 00:00

WITH the national elections over, Msunduzi Municipality will be coming down hard on political parties who do not meet the deadline for removing their campaign posters.

This was the stern message from newly appointed Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, who said the municipality had bylaws in place to deal with the situation.

“All political parties have 14 days in which to remove their posters after the elections,” she said.

Mafumbatha said failure to do so will lead to the municipality using its bylaws to enforce compliance so that the city is kept clean.

“We will be working with Tutu Communications, a service provider that was appointed in December last year, to deal with illegal outdoor advertisement and posters in the city,” Mafumbatha said, adding that they were pleased to see some political parties had already started removing election posters on some of the city’s main thoroughfares. “We will be monitoring the rest of the city to ensure that the posters are removed.”

Mafumbatha said that a fine would be imposed on those who fail to clear their posters and the municipality would confiscate material that remains after the deadline. “We will keep the material for 60 days in line with our bylaws and if nobody comes to collect them after that period has elapsed then we will have to dispose of them.”

Mafumbatha said there was a challenge when it came to the clearing of election posters as well as other material that was keeping the city in a mess, but that the muncipality remained positive that it was on the right track to cleaning up the city and restoring its image. “We just need co-operation from all the parties involved,” said Mafumbatha.

The ANC and the DA had already started removing their election campaign posters in the city’s main roads.

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