Maimane says DA has the right to use Madiba’s voice

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane insists his party is well within its rights to use the voice of former President Nelson Mandela in its election advertisement.

Maimane responded to a call by the former president’s grandson and African National Congress (ANC) MP Mandla Mandela that the DA takes down its YouTube video.

The advertisement has got the Mandela family fuming.

The family says the use of Nelson Mandela’s voice in the minute-long video, is a gross violation of the electoral code.

They want it removed immediately, as they feel it is a flagrant abuse of the former president.

But DA leader Maimane is unrepentant; he says former President Mandela was a global icon whose legacy represents all South Africans not just his family.

He has instead pleaded with the family to accept that this is the DA’s way of honouring that legacy.

“We believe we are well within our right to be able to say here is an icon who is the first president of South Africa who represents the values that we seek to work towards, non-racialism, economic inclusivity and a freedom for all. There can be nothing more important than us being able to put that message and tell South Africans.”

Meanwhile, Maimane launched the only party manifesto made available in braille for blind people.

The party hopes this will help to reach this particular constituency, ahead of next month’s local government elections.


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