A controversial anti-vaccine billboard that reads “In Gates you trust. In God we trust. No vaccines for us”, has caused public debate concerning its legality.
The billboard by San-I-tize which is located in Beach Road, Maitland could be seen from the M5, but has been removed since by the Cape Town personal protective equipment (PPE) company, IOL reports.
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According to the San-I-tize website, they specialise in the “importation and distribution of medical and emergency supplies to state and private hospitals, governments and the private sector.”
As per IOL, the Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt described that the removal of the billboard was on account of the owner who didn’t apply for authorisation prior to installing it.
“The City can confirm that the sign was illegal as the owner did not apply for authorisation prior to installation in terms of the City’s Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-law,” she said.
In the same vein as outlined by IOL, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde had this to say regarding the matter:
“While we respect that receiving the vaccine is a personal choice, we encourage residents to get vaccinated when it is their turn. The Covid-19 vaccine offers excellent protection against serious illness and death.
“They have also been rigorously tested locally and internationally, and are safe to use.
“We also encourage residents to source accurate information on our website. We must ensure that we are informed, that we consult reputable sources and that we do not engage or spread fake news. Each of us has a duty in this regard,” he added.
Meanwhile, anti-Covid vaccine campaigner, Debbie Els from the Stop Farm Murders Movement said that “people have a right to put a billboard up.”
“It’s the true freedom of speech and choice. Government wants to censor the truth from people. The DA is pushing this New World Order (NWO) agenda as well,” Els said.
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