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The prankster who defaced ANC president Jacob Zuma’s poster and placed it on a pedestrian bridge near Virginia Airport, Durban, will be fined or face jail time if caught, the IEC said on Thursday
Clearly inspired by an e-mail that has been doing the rounds for the past month, someone added a mask to the poster and scrawled the word “Zumatello” alongside Zuma’s image.
The poster was then placed on the pedestrian bridge over the southbound carriageway of the M4.
The reference to Zumatello, for the uninitiated, comes from the cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which featured four turtles whose names Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello were borrowed from Renaissance era artists.
The Independent Electoral Commission says there is nothing funny about defacing any election posters.
Tension between rival parties was highlighted when a similar election poster of Jacob Zuma was defaced in Umlazi recently.
The ANC in KZN called on police to investigate, but no formal charges had been laid.
Just two months after that incident two men were arrested for plastering their business adverts on an ANC poster in Johannesburg’s city centre.
The men were taken to the Johannesburg Central Police Station and charged with contravening the Electoral Act, which makes it illegal to conceal or remove any voting or electoral material.
The charges included malicious damage to property and contravening the Electoral Act.
IEC spokesperson, Mawethu Mosery, who had not seen the poster in question said: “Misrepresentation of campaign posters is a matter that deeply concerns us.
“We will not tolerate such behaviour.”
Mosery went on to say that if it was concluded that another party was responsible for the defacing, the party would have to pay a fine of about R200 000.
However, if it was carried out by an individual with no political ties, there would be no option of a fine and the offender would face up to two year’s imprisonment.
Seriously – don’t people know what a sense of humour is any more?