Posters headache for city

2011-04-11 00:00

WITH the local government elections just a month-and-half away, political parties have already started urging the community to vote with extensive advertising campaigns, including election posters plastered on public walls and dangling on street light poles.

But while the city braces itself for the latest wave of posters, many faded and tattered posters from previous elections are still littering the city.

Often these posters remain up long after the elections have passed, something that is in contravention of the Msunduzi Municipality’s by-laws.

A snap street survey conducted by The Witness to identify the worst offenders in flouting the municipal by-laws on posters pointed to the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party .

These two parties still have posters plastered in sections of the city that date back to the last national government elections in 2009, and in some cases even before.

Many of the posters are plastered in rows on public buildings, with most being found not on the edges of the city, where they may have evaded the attention of the authorities.

Underneath the Hulamin Bridge, the ANC still has a mural of the former president Thabo Mbeki with the slogan, “A people’s contract to create work and fight poverty”, which dates back to 2005; next to that are rows of IFP posters proclaiming “unity in action”.

Inside the city centre, the ANC still has posters of President Jacob Zuma’s last national campaign; many are on Moses Mbhida Road and on Longmarket Street next to Unisa.

On West Street, the party has rows of pictures, also from the last campaign, plastered on the toilets there.

And down on Retief Street, the ANC and the IFP both have long rows of their leaders’ pictures on the public walls there.

A source at the Msunduzi Municipality said the election posters have been a headache for the municipality.

“I know that at one point the political parties had been sent a message to remove their posters.”

Brian Zuma, the spokesperson for the Msunduzi Municipality, said the municipal by-laws stipulate that parties must remove their posters 21 after the election. “If the parties fail to do so they are fined.”

He said he was not sure whether any party had been fined for posters, or how much.

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