The Mercury

Parties face fines over election posters

- Gugu Mbonambi

ALTHOUGH the June 1 deadline for the removal of election posters has come and gone, some political parties in the eThekwini municipali­ty still have their posters on display on lamp-posts.

Last week, Soobs Moonsamy, eThekwini’s head of developmen­t planning, said posters had to be removed within 14 days of the date of the elections and failure to do so would result in a R65 fine for each poster.

By yesterday afternoon, political parties that had not removed their election posters in the CBD and other parts of Durban included the ANC, NFP, DA and Truly Alliance.

Moonsamy said that each political party had signed a memorandum of agreement with the municipali­ty before submitting an applicatio­n for the display of election posters. “These conditions dictate the areas in which the posters can be erected and time frames for the erection and removal of the posters,” she said.

Conditions

She said if parties failed to adhere to the set conditions, they were given a maximum of two days to rectify the matter.

“Failure to comply will result in the removal of these posters at a recovery cost of R65 per poster. These recovery costs would be deducted from the refundable deposits initially paid by the political parties,” she said.

Moonsamy said applicatio­ns were accompanie­d by a deposit of R200 per ward where posters were to be displayed. She said enforcemen­t officers, with the help of contractor­s, were monitoring the removal of election posters.

NFP spokesman Andile Biyela said the party was not aware that its candidates had not removed the posters, but the matter would be taken up “urgently” and the posters would be removed.

ANC regional secretary S’bu Sibiya said the party “complied” and that it expected branches to have removed the posters by now, but he would follow up.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins said the party’s election posters would be removed by the end of the weekend.

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