When the members of the Democratic Alliance caught a man from a rival political party destroying their posters, they caught the man, took his pictures and then opened a case with the Acornhoek Police Station. However, they were surprised by the police who told them that they can’t arrest the guy since they don’t have his exact name and surname.
According to Dr Nelson Tibane, a Caucus Leader for the Democratic Alliance in Bushbuckridge, they gave the police the guy’s picture. He said the police told them that the guy had run away and they couldn’t get hold of him. Tibane also appealed to the authorities to help with the matter.
Bushbuckridge News spoke to Mr Sbusiso Nkosi, a communications officer for the Independent Electoral Commission in Mpumalanga who said that destroying a rival party’s poster or billboard is considered to be a prohibited conduct. Nkosi said that the IEC’s Code of Conduct clearly states that from the date on which an election is called until the announcement of results is declared no person may deface or unlawfully remove any billboard, placard or poster published by a registered party or candidate
He added that the penalties for prohibited conduct and contravening the Code of Conduct are as follows….
•Any person found guilty can:
•Receive a formal warning
•Be fined up to R200 000
•Be prevented from:
•Using public media
•Holding a meeting
•Entering a voting district to canvass and campaign
•Erecting or publishing billboards, placards or posters