Illegal graffiti to be removed

Commuters who use Kenilworth railway station have complained about the graffiti, the general derelict state of the station, and obscene and racist remarks scribbled in trains.
The City of Cape Town has employed 168 temporary workers to remove illegal graffiti from February to June this year.

The workers will be sourced from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database across the city.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said: “Illegal graffiti is a concern and can quickly change a neighbourhood. It can create the impression that no one cares about the area, it can discourage business and it diverts funds that now have to be used to remove it, instead of being used for community programmes. Offensive or obscene graffiti can also affect residents sense of safety and security in their own communities.”

Mr Smith said getting rid of gangster graffiti would helpt to restore dignity to many communities and instil a sense of pride.

He also called on graffiti artists who want to do public art to contact the arts and culture branch.

“The City recognises the value of public art and street artists as their work can inspire and provoke new thinking, it can beautify shared spaces, uplift communities and tells the rich stories of our history,” said Mr Smith.

Illegal graffiti can be reported to 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.