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Wednesday Jul 22, 2009

Is graffiti a public nuisance?

The line is being drawn for graffiti artists, who could face fines of up to R20 000 for defacing property as the City of Cape Town moves to outlaw the practice.

And property owners on the receiving end of these spraycan artists will have to remove graffiti within 10 days, unless the work is in an approved graffito space.

A draft bylaw that will prohibit graffiti and provide for its removal and the restoration of affected surfaces has been released for public response. The comment period runs until August 20.

The proposed bylaw declares "graffiti anywhere within (the city's) area of jurisdiction to be a public nuisance, which is subject to removal".


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