Torn posters, the face of intolerance

2009-03-13 00:00

THE defacing of political party posters is “rampant” and parties have condemned what they see as signs of intolerance.

Reacting to the defacing of an ANC poster showing Jacob Zuma wearing a Ninja Turtle cartoon mask, KZN party spokeswoman Nomfundo Mcetywa dismissed it as a minor incident.

“It’s happening in all areas, but we treat them as minor incidents … our billboards were sprayed with paint and some posters defaced and torn down. It’s not a big concern, it’s not going to stop our campaign.”

Mcetywa called for tolerance among supporters of all parties. “We should learn to appreciate each others’ views and political ideas. If you disagree with that political party, show that in the ballot box.”

IFP spokesman Musa Zondi said the defacing of posters started last year. “We have reported several cases to the police … It started last year in Port Shepstone where one of our voter registration billboards was burnt with a petrol bomb.”

Zondi said the IFP take the problem seriously. “We have opened cases with the police in these areas.”

KZN DA leader Sizwe Mchunu said the DA distributed about 20 000 posters in the midlands alone.

He could not say how much the DA has spent on posters, but said: “It costs R5 to put up one poster and R2 to pull it down, so it’s an expensive exercise. We have had a number of cases where our posters were taken down, in central PMB and the legislature.”

Cope have finally printed their posters and they are expected to be distributed throughout the country this weekend.

Yesterday, Cope’s presidential candidate, Mvume Dandala, unveiled the party’s long-awaited election posters in Johannesburg. He said: “We would have loved to put up our posters earlier, but Cope is experiencing what South African people are experiencing — a shortage of resources.”

Cope reported that it will distribute 500 000 posters countrywide.

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