A poster about a candidate running for an election can be displayed from the date that person is officially nominated. Image: Supplied

When is the deadline for political parties to remove their election posters?

Amid coalition talks, SA’s political parties have been given a deadline by which they need to remove their election campaign material.


A poster about a candidate running for an election can be displayed from the date that person is officially nominated. Image: Supplied

It’s been a week since the 2024 General Elections. The long-ruling African National Congress (ANC) lost its 30-year majority but remains the biggest party after the election.

The ANC now has less than two weeks to form a coalition government if they want to continue governing South Africa.

South African parliament must sit by 16 June to elect a president — with Cyril Ramaphosa seeking a second term.

A coalition agreement needs to be in place in order for that to happen.

The removal of campaign material

In the meantime, South Africa’s political parties face the massive task of removing their election posters across various municipalities.

According to City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) spokesperson Zweli Dlamini, these parties have until 12 June to remove all campaign material from public spaces, writes the Bedfordview and Edenvale News.

Dlamini explained that the removal of election posters within the grace period aligns with the city by-law, which states that posters cannot be displayed more than 14 days after an election.

“Parties are, therefore, urged to remove their posters and any other election-related material/ illustrations by 12 June in all areas of the city,” Dlamini said.

The metro noted further that failure to comply may result in the City removing the posters themselves at a cost of R57.69 per poster, charged to the responsible party as per Schedule 19 of the 2023/24 financial year tariffs.

“The City shall not be liable for any loss, damage, storage, cost, claims, demands and/or any other liability from an individual or political party who had contested the elections, with regards to election-related material removed by the City,” the CoE added.

Tampering with rival party posters

Last month The South African published the guidelines municipalities had given political parties for responsible (and legal) postering ahead of the 2024 General Elections.

Notably, CoE Speaker Zweli Mkhize highlighted how no individual or group was to tamper with any of the displayed material of another political party.

“In addition, no individual or group is to tamper with any of the City’s assets/ properties – such as bridges, fencing, walls, buildings – to display material related to elections,” Mkhize said.

The CoE condemned this behaviour and said that any individual or group who is caught doing so will be reported to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the South African Police Service for further action.

The IEC’s official website states that the above is considered “electoral fraud“, which can incur fines and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.