Pretoria - Political parties will be fined if they do not
remove campaign posters before the deadline given by municipality by-laws.
In Pretoria political parties had until Saturday to remove
their posters, the City of Tshwane said on Tuesday.
"We call upon the various political parties to please
ensure that they have removed their posters by 24 May 2014, whereafter they
will receive letters informing them to remove such with a final seven-day
notice," city spokesperson Blessing Manale said.
"We believe that political parties should act
responsibly and remove their posters as the cost of such being done by the
municipality comes at a huge costs."
He said the municipality would fine political parties R500
per poster if it has to remove the posters on the parties' behalf.
The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said the removal was
regulated by municipal by-laws.
"The IEC is not involved at all," spokesperson
Kate Bapela said.
The City of Cape Town said political parties had 10 days to
remove campaign posters.
According to standard election rules, parties had until last
Saturday to remove the posters, city spokesperson Priya Reddy said.
"However, after discussions, we have decided to give
the parties a few extra days' grace to remove posters before we get our
contractors to start removing them.
"We will start removing all election posters from
Thursday 22nd May," she said.
If parties failed to do so in Cape Town they would be fined
R88.40 per poster or R126.90 per pasted poster removed.
The City of Johannesburg said it had been in consultation
with various political parties regarding the posters.
"A penalty for illegal posters is R1 000 per illegal
poster," it said.
"According to the by-laws, there is a seven-day grace
period to remove all political party posters."
However, the city council was yet to announce a final
deadline for the removal of all election posters.
The eThekwini council in Durban gave parties three months to
remove their posters. Failing this the municipality would remove them and claim
R50 per poster, spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said.
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