A proposed by-law in the new Graffiti Control Strategy for Cape Town, South Africa is not only getting tough on vandals, but anyone who makes public art, even with the permission of property owners. Artist Faith47 is circulating a petition to amend the legislation, which currently defines graffiti as any marking “which is visible to a person from a public place and which has not been authorised by the City.” Residents would even need approval and a special permit from the city to paint anything other than a street number on their private property. Hopefully the Cape Town City Council has the good sense to tighten up their definition of graffiti, before they turn a bunch of law-abiders into criminals.

Photo of part of a mural by NAID, TOE, FALKO, BRUSH and DISK by Coda.