A very conspicuous “Zuma Must Fall” billboard went up in central Cape Town on Friday 15th January and got people talking about who paid to erect it.
Many suspected it was the Democratic Alliance (DA) that erected the Zuma must fall billboard, after the party has repeatedly called for a vote of no confidence for President Zuma’s impeachment.
But DA’s national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said they were not responsible for the erection of the billboard.
“It isn’t ours,” she said with a chuckle.
Some people also dismissed the idea‚ saying no political party would make so big a statement without attaching a name to it while some say it must be “Someone with big balls & deep pockets”.
In 2013‚ the DA admitted that some billboards erected on the sides of Johannesburg’s highways saying “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC” were commissioned by it.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane‚ who was the the party’s Gauteng premier candidate at the time‚ claimed ownership of the billboards‚ and said the message they contained was “100% accurate”.
Those billboards led to the African National Congress (ANC) laying complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority and the Independent Electoral Commission.
Late last year‚ the DA erected billboards featuring President Zuma’s image and bearing the words: “More people jobless under Zuma’s ANC. Vote DA for change that creates jobs”. A similar billboard was unveiled in the City of Tshwane on Friday where Maimane launched a voter registration drive ahead of the 2016 local government polls.
“We will run the biggest registration campaign in our party’s history – billboards like this one will go up across the country‚ there will be hundreds of thousands of posters‚ and more than 22 000 activists will take part in a comprehensive door-to-door campaign‚” he said.
It must be recalled that late last year, over 6,000 people marched in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, calling for Zuma to step down for the country to move forward. The “Zuma Must Fall” movement became grounded in their quest after he fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, replacing him with a back-bench member of the Parliament Des van Rooyen.
The presence of the banner gained a lot of attention on social media on Friday morning after Cape Argus editor Gasant Abarder Twitted on his account – @GasantAbarder – to post a picture of the banner and asked: “Anyone know what this is about at cnr of Kloof Str‚ Cape Town?”.
Radio presenter and media entertainment agency owner Ian Bredenkamp tweeted that whoever put the billboard up was “someone with big balls and deep pockets”.
First there was the caricature of Zuma on top of a Lion’s Head, now this. While some think it was a waste of money, others are loving the whole idea and actually making fun of it.