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‘Zuma Must Fall’ billboard has fallen

Police are on the scene but were too late to stop the banner on Kloof Street being torn down.

The billboard was also been deemed illegal by the City of Cape Town. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of people wearing African National Congress (ANC) regalia are tearing down the "Zuma Must Fall" billboard erected on a building in the Cape Town city centre.

Police are on the scene but were too late to stop the banner on Kloof Street being torn down.

[WATCH] #ZumaMustFallBillboard being torn down by a group of ANC supporters AH #ZumaMustFall pic.twitter.com/bSe8reDQDX

During a media briefing today, ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman said the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town should take responsibility for the billboard put up on its watch.

Fransman said he had advised ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members to "visit the banner".

"We will support, as the ANC and ANCYL, this rolling mass action against racism. One of the best places to start is where that banner is and in a sense to go and visit that particular spot."

#ZumaMustFall This is all that remains of the "Zuma Must Fall" billboard, torn down by ANC supporters @JustKoyana pic.twitter.com/8CpkMuhnr2

#ZumaMustFallBillboard The crowd got very hostile towards a man who allegedly said "Zuma se ma se ****" AH pic.twitter.com/naPYZJRNCx

#ZumaMustFallBillboard A flat owner points out that this is private property AH pic.twitter.com/MyAUFpJNy7

#ZumaMustFall #zumamustfallbillboard the crowd outside the apartment block is waving ANC flags AH pic.twitter.com/ZN6q4JWWOP

#ZumaMustFall #ZumaMustFallBillboard being torn from the Cape Town apartment block AH pic.twitter.com/aO6yhUA7bk

@DaBradd1 bye bye Zuma must fall billboard @karabonkabinde @SlamatEksGamat @beandealer @gumede783 @Our_DA pic.twitter.com/tOljCJxpcJ

Is it Zuma must fall or somebody will fall! pic.twitter.com/ERbMTQqsx0

Zuma must fall though 😥 leave the billboard alone hao.

ANC and Zuma Must Fall! #ZumaMustFall pic.twitter.com/AA1zTD08D7

Meanwhile the company responsible for putting up the billboard says the poster was sponsored by a "private initiate" and constitutes freedom of expression.

The billboard was also been deemed illegal by the City of Cape Town which says it violated its by-laws and the National Building Regulations and Standards Act.

Independent Outdoor Media's Brent Dyssell said the private initiative was not aware it required permission from the municipality to put up the billboard.

He said the poster was a non-racial and peaceful form of freedom of expression.

The group viewed it as no different from a person holding up a placard in the street during a demonstration.

But the social outcry could land them in hot water as the city referred the matter for prosecution.

A prosecutor will decide whether someone should be charged for putting up the billboard.

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