By Kaya 959 Reporter
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is planning to take action against the DA over a series of “racially charged” posters erected in Phoenix.
The ANC’s Nhlakanipho Ntombela said it will be approaching the Human Rights Commission and the Independent Electoral Commission to investigate further.
The DA Phoenix posters, which read “The ANC called you racists”, “The DA calls you heroes”, were put up on Monday. They are related to alleged vigilantism stemming from looting during the July unrest.
At least 36 people were killed in Phoenix. Dozens of people have been arrested and charged with murder. The cases are still under investigation.
DA MP Dean Macpherson said it was 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. These posters were unsanctioned by the DA leader, party structures and party campaign leadership,” he said.
DA removes posters, issues apology
Macpherson said while the words may have been poorly chosen, his intentions were sincere.
“My 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,” he said.
Macpherson said at no point did he or the DA condone or support those who undertook vigilante actions.
“In fact, I once again condemn those who participated in vigilante actions which cost lives and damage to property,” he said.
Despite the apology and removal of the posters, Ntombela said the DA continued to defend the posters although concerns were expressed.
“We thank the people of South Africa for rejecting the DA’s campaign which was no doubt meant to divide the people of KwaZulu-Natal along racial lines,” he said.
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