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'Known EFF activist busted for burning DA posters in King Williams Town'

Apr 11, 2019
'Known EFF activist busted for burning DA posters in King Williams Town'

Man arrested for burning DA campaign posters in Quzini, King Williams Town, expected in court soon

King Williams Town - As South Africans counts down to the May 8 National and Provincial Elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday commended the South African Police Service (SAPS) for arresting a man alleged to have set the party's election posters alight in Quzini, King Williams Town.

"On Monday, we were informed of an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) activist allegedly removing our posters and burning them. "He is known to the DA and we also took pictures of his actions before laying charges at the local police station," said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and will appear in court shortly."

A criminal offence to interfere with political party posters

It is a criminal offence to interfere with a party’s election posters in any way.

"The Independent Electoral Commission has made it clear that, according to the electoral code of conduct, defacing political poster is one of the most serious offences," Bhanga said.

"If found guilty of committing such crimes the perpetrators can face a fine or imprisonment of up to 10 years.

"The DA urges residents who witnessed people removing DA posters from poles in Eastern Cape to report it to report@da.org.za."

He said that his party will not be deterred by criminals from bringing its message of change to the people of the Eastern Cape and encouraging them to vote for a DA government on the 8th of May.

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