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Owners of 'Zuma Must Fall' billboard building could face prosecution

Overbeek Building's body corporate was given until yesterday to remove the structure on its property.

The SA flag now hangs in the prime ad space once home to the #ZumaMustFallBillboard. Workers busy adjusting edges. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – The owners of a building housing an illegal advertising structure in Cape Town's city centre could face prosecution after failing to meet the City of Cape Town's deadline to take it down.  

Overbeek Building's body corporate was given until yesterday to remove the structure on the side of its property. 

It recently found itself on a collision course with the municipality when a huge 'Zuma Must Fall' billboard went up two weeks ago prompting angry ANC supporters to tear it down.

The banner was later replaced by the South African flag last week but the council is still adamant that it's illegal. 

The city's Priya Reddy says the structure has not been removed.

“The city will consider the matter and reserve the right to prosecute the body corporate on the grounds the structure on the building hasn’t been approved by the city. 

The city says the structure - in which the billboard is hung - violates its by-laws and national building regulations.

CHAOS AS ‘ZUMA MUST FALL’ BILLBOARD COMES DOWN

Chaotic scenes broke out in a section of Cape Town inner city after the notorious ‘Zuma Must Fall’ billboard was torn down by ANC supporters.

Police were on the scene but did not act as the banner on Kloof Street was being torn down.

WATCH: Man assualted during Zuma Must Fall banner removal.


The poster was erected by a so-called private initiative as a form of protest.

A group of ANC supporters were allowed access to the building and while some pulled the billboard down from the roof, others cut it up through the windows.

They claimed the poster disrespected President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC’s Cape metro chair Xolani Sotashe demanded that the building’s management remove the remainder of the banner.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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