'Zuma must fall' billboard has fallen

A massive billboard in Cape Town has been taken down after a day and a half. Photo: via Twitter.com / @clairevdh

JOHANNESBURG - The controversial "Zuma must fall' billboard in central Cape Town was removed on Saturday.

The banner, on Kloof Street, was torn down in the late afternoon, allegedly by a group of ANC supporters.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene.

The poster was erected overnight on Thursday and was sponsored privately, as a form of freedom of expression. Its originators remaoin a mystery.

But city authorities said the individual(s) behind it could face a charge. The municipality had referred the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority.

Reaction to the billboard has been loud, and often racially divided.

On Saturday ANC MP Bongani Mkongi used his personal Facebook page to encourage burning, not just removal, of the banner.

"Join the ANC in Cape Town today at 14h00 to burn down the billboard saying: "ZumaMustFall". The billboard must not be lifted down, but, burnt down!," read his post.

Mkongi later posted: "It is down. No one is burnt out. It is down!."

The DA said it would refer Mkongi's "hate speech" to Parliament's ethics committee.

The board violates Cape Town's by-laws and the National Building Regulations and Standards Act.


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