MIXED MESSAGES: Trafalgar High School in Zonnebloem has this billboard advertising the ANC before it was removed by education officials.
MIXED MESSAGES: Trafalgar High School in Zonnebloem has this billboard advertising the ANC before it was removed by education officials.

ANC billboard removed from school

By Time of article published Nov 11, 2013

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Michelle Jones

Education Writer

A BILLBOARD advertising the ANC and urging South Africans to register to vote has been removed from the grounds of a city school.

The ANC billboard had been placed in the grounds of Trafalgar High School in Zonnebloem, which are visible from De Waal Drive.

It read: “1994 – 5 million people had access to sanitation. 2013 – More than 41 million people have access to sanitation. Register now to vote. A better life for all. ANC.”

Advertising company Tractor Outdoor managed the billboard.

Bronagh Casey, spokeswoman for Education MEC Donald Grant, said the Western Cape Education Department had removed the billboard soon after being informed about it last week.

“Both our provincial (2010) and national (2011) legislation clearly states that this is not permitted.”

She said education officials visited the school and informed the principal that the poster should be removed.

“The poster has been removed. All political parties must adhere to the legislation as stated above. We will be monitoring such activity in our schools closely ahead of the national government elections.”

Casey said she was not aware of any other schools which had political billboards on school grounds. They would be monitored for any political activities.

Ivan Meyer, DA leader in the Western Cape, said he would report the ANC to Grant for “illegally campaigning at a Cape Town school”.

ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said the decision had been made to place the billboard there because it was a high traffic area and would be seen by a large number of people.”The issue is simple. We buy advertising from a private outdoor advertising agency. They give us a list of places and we put up a billboard where it is strategic to communicate our message. It is an issue that we will have to investigate with the agency.”

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