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EFF threatens legal action if City of Cape Town removes election paraphernalia

The EFF has been given until end of business today to remove a banner at the entrance to the Waterfront.
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EFF threatens legal action if City of Cape Town removes election paraphernalia

The EFF has been given until the end of business on Tuesday to remove banners that were erected on street light poles, allegedly against City of Cape Town bylaws and regulations.

The city said the party failed to complying with approved election regulations and bylaws by erecting banners instead of posters.

Banners erected by the party on light poles around the city feature Julius Malema’s face, with the words “Vote EFF”. The banners are on canvas and appear to be about double the size of typical posters.

An email to EFF leaders from the city’s chief environmental control officer, Debbie Evans on Monday said: “The approved election rules that are distributed each year to all political parties specifically provide for posters to be erected during the election period and not banners … To date all political parties have been abiding by these rules.”

“The display of banners on city light poles for political parties to encourage the public to ‘vote for’ a particular political party is not permitted on city light poles.”

Evans cited Schedule 10 of the Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-law, which relates to the display of banners in Cape Town, saying these are only permitted for functions or events, not electioneering purposes.

Adding that the official poster rules for electioneering are the only means of advertising allowed on city light poles.

“Accordingly, your current banner, at the entrance to the Waterfront, is unauthorised and is to be removed by the latest tomorrow [Tuesday] by 5pm, failing which the city’s contractor will remove such banner,” Evans said.

The EFF has threatened to take legal action if the city removes the election banners and fails to retract the notice to remove the them.

The EFF’s Godrich Gardee said: “I have told you that should you dare remove those banners, EFF will approach court on urgent basis on a Sunday and those cost would be punitive and personal to you and any other official you would have instructed to remove the banners.

“You are advised to retract your unlawful notice of removal of EFF banners, failure which, should the banners be removed, a further criminal case would be opened against you and those who would have carried out your illegal instructions,” said Gardee.

 

More: timeslive

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