DA’s divisive Phoenix poster

The Democratic Alliance is like that drunk uncle that always says inappropriate things at family events and is too stubborn to stop. 😓

This time, the blue party put up posters in Phoenix, a predominantly Indian suburb in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which read: “The ANC called you racists” and “The DA calls you heroes” and it’s DEEPLY problematic. The posters are a reference to the July unrest which sparked looting and violence in some areas like Phoenix, where residents of Indian descent who were “protecting their community” were accused of inciting violence and, in some cases, killing black people: 36 deaths were reported in the area alone! Many are calling it a massacre. This is not heroic. It is criminal. The DA is choosing this stance as a tactic to win the community’s votes by essentially sympathising with them – and completely disregarding the lives that were lost. 🤦🏽‍♀️ 

The DA’s KZN leader, Dean Macpherson, said there was nothing factually incorrect about the statement. Party leader John Steenhuisen is also unapologetic about the posters, which are going to be erected across eThekwini, Daily Maverick reported. But some party members are on the other side of the fence saying the posters are damaging to the DA’s image and should be taken down and that those who OK’d the wording must be held to account! We’re with them on this. 🤷🏽‍♀️ The DA consistently fails to recognise the dynamics in South Africa; divisive tactics like this will only set us further back. Read the room, DA.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 7 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.