Parties, remove your posters, or face a fine

2016-09-29 06:00
This poster is still up on Princess Elizabeth Drive, along the Port Shepstone beachfront.

This poster is still up on Princess Elizabeth Drive, along the Port Shepstone beachfront.

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WARD election candidates, who have not yet removed their posters, have up until 7 October to do so, the Umzumbe Municipality said.

The Fever received information from the public in Umzumbe, Shelly Beach and Port Shepstone, that it’s been almost two months since the elections and some posters are still on display.

Municipality communications officer, Trevor Khanyile, said there was no by-law relating to the removal of election posters, however, there is an Act.

“This Act states that parties have 21 days after elections to remove their posters.

“We have noticed that some have not complied with this rule and we assume they have forgotten. These must be removed by next Friday,” he added.

Simon April, spokesperson for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality said election posters are not covered by current by-laws as the political parties are exempt from paying to put them up.

“However, they are given a certain time frame to take them down post-elections, thereafter the posters are regarded as illegal signs or posters and they will be treated as such,” he said.

“The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality will, however, first send a courtesy reminder to the concerned political parties before further necessary steps in regards to illegal signs are taken,” he added.

eThekwini Municipality did things a bit differently this time around and each ward paid R200 to erect posters and were limited to 800 posters per ward.

At the end of August, the eThekwini municipality issued a stiff warning to parties who had not yet removed their posters.

They faced a fine of up to R50 per poster.

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