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DA accuses Zuma of sparking racial fears

The DA has accused President Jacob Zuma of trying to spark racial fear in order to win his party votes in next month’s elections.

 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused President Jacob Zuma of trying to spark racial fears to win his party votes in next month’s elections.

The opposition also condemned the African National Congress (ANC) president for using dangerous racial campaigns, which may divide the nation.

The DA paraded its mayoral candidates, who are children of ANC stalwarts, in Johannesburg on Friday.

Earlier this week the ANC in Gauteng introduced its stalwarts, among them were Ahmed Kathrada and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

This month they brought out the party’s former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for a tour of duty in Soweto.

Yet on Friday, the DA paraded its big guns, Amina Cachalia’s son, Ghaleb, the mayoral candidate for Ekurhuleni, the late Steve Tshwete’s son, Lindela and President Thabo Mbeki’s cousin, Madoda.

They took a swipe at the ANC for using its stalwarts to win votes.

“I would like to ask Ahmed Kathrada who I know for many years, despite having penned an open letter to Jacob Zuma asking him to resign. He is out there campaigning in Orange Farm where people in the most despicable circumstances,” says Ghaleb Cachalia.

Cutting ties with the party they had grown up with was difficult.

“Even other stalwarts of the ANC have said that the ANC of today is not the ANC that our fathers were following,” says Lindela Tshwete.

Madoda Mbeki resigned from the party after the recall of former President Mbeki after the Polokwane conference in 2008.

ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa dismissed the criticism of using its stalwarts to campaign. He also reacted to the accusations of racism.

Meanwhile, the DA has opened a corruption case against the  Emalahleni  municipal manager, Theo Van Vuuren.

They accused him of transferring council funds into a bogus bank account.

A charge dismissed by the mayor as political grand standing.

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