The Democratic Alliance party in South Africa has apologised and said in a statement that it is in the process of removing posters, many in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal counted as offensive.
This is coming after an uproar from South Africans of different races over the shocking local government elections poster in Phoenix.
Earlier, DA Leader, John Steenhuisen said he will not apologise over the posters which read, “The ANC called you racists. The DA calls you heroes.”
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says they will report the Democratic Alliance to the South African Human Rights Commission over the controversial Phoenix posters. The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday that it was removing offensive posters in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Democratic Alliance is in the process of removing posters in KZN, which have inadvertently caused offence.
In my 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.
As these posters were unsanctioned by the DA leader, party structures and party campaign leadership, I am arranging the removal of these posters today.
Sometimes in politics, our words may be poorly chosen, but I wish to assure the public, without contradiction, that my intentions are always 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.
At no point did I, nor the DA, and at no point would I or the DA ever condone or support those who undertook vigilante actions. In fact, I once again condemn those who undertook vigilante actions which cost lives and damage to property.
The DA is a party of non-racialism and it was never my intention to cause any other perception.
I remain steadfastly committed to all people in South Africa, united in our diversity, and our campaign will continue to show South Africa that only the DA can and will get things done.
My singular focus is to continue to guide KZN towards the election in three weeks’ time.
Dean Macpherson MP
DA KZN Chairperson
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