Cape Town - With already over 300 posters removed from across the Cape Town, the current bill for which the EFF is being charged, is sitting at R154 200.
This is according to City of Cape Town’s safety and security Mayco member JP Smith, who said that the Outdoor Advertising and Signage by-law clearly prohibits the unlawful display of such signage, as erected by the EFF across the metropole.
“While teams have been tasked with the removal of such unlawful signage, the cost of such removal as indicated within the pricing schedule, sits at R514 per poster.
“This cost will be applied without prejudice, onto the invoice to the EFF, along with any other additional services that may be required due to their proposed shutdown protest or for any damages caused to infrastructure or property,” Smith said.
“Where such posters are identified, the public is asked to please log these on the City’s online C3 system, as also readily used by members of the various neighbourhood watches.”
The move comes as the City tries to prevent the EFF’s planned shutdown from taking place in Cape Town.
In a bid to prevent the violence during its shutdown, Hill-Lewis filed an application for an interdict against any attempts to incite or participate in looting, vandalism and disruption as part of the EFF’s “national shutdown“ protest planned for Monday, March 20.
He said the City intended to be fully open for business in all respects on Monday.
The City's interdict application in the Western Cape High Court aims to ensure that the organisers and participants stay within the confines of the law and permit them to march to the National Parliament Buildings to hand over a memorandum.
The interdict application also serves as firm notice that the City will not hesitate to prosecute a civil claim against the EFF should any of its public infrastructure be damaged.