Graffiti by-law in Cape Town
The City of Cape Town
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The by-law will soon be presented for public discussion and these are the two main issues that we feel need to be addressed:
1. The definition of graffiti under the by-law is too broad. It classifies graffiti as any inscription, word, figure, letter, sign, symbol, sketch, picture or drawing. There should be a clear differentiation between graffiti vandalism [e.g. gang tags, scratchings] and public art that is done with permission from the owner [murals, colourful characters and positive, inspiring messages].
2. The by- law removes the legal right of the private property owner to paint anything other than a house number on his/her wall. We strongly believe that the private property owner should maintain the right to determine what to paint on to his/her property without permission from the City.
We, the undersigned, urge the City of Cape Town to amend this by-law to become a more inclusive one and thus limit the damage it can potentially do to the creative growth of our city.