Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday announced that it is in the process of removing posters in KwaZulu Natal, which have “inadvertently caused offence”.
DA KZN Chairperson Dean Macpherson said in his sincere effort to honour the bravery and heroism of law-abiding citizens who were left to fend for themselves during the July riots and insurrections, the posters have regretfully caused hurt to some people. “I am deeply sorry and apologise for this.”
Macpherson said his intended message was that in the massive void created by a failing state, unable to secure South Africans’ homes and businesses during the riots, some heroic residents were forced to stand up and do what the police and army were unable to do. This action was met with allegations of racism from the ANC.
Meanwhile, the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) said it is irked by the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s which have received widespread criticism. The civic organisation on Wednesday called on residents in the area to reject the DA’s divisive theatrics and embrace non-racialism.
The civic movement called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate the display of the posters as a violation of human rights, electoral law and code of conduct.