- Pieter de Villiers, a new politician and member of Patricia de Lille's GOOD party, has hit back at allegations made in a fake video purported by the Democratic Alliance.
- The former South African rugby coach is currently standing in as the party's choice for mayor of Drakenstein
- To address the allegedly fake video, De Villiers wrote an open letter to Helen Zille calling for an apology
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CAPE TOWN - Former Springboks rugby coach and new politician Pieter de Villiers has tackled the allegedly forged video of himself that was shared on social media by higher-ups in the Democratic Alliance (DA)
De Villiers, a member of Patricia de Lille's GOOD party, is the mayoral candidate for the Drakenstein municipality in the upcoming local government elections.
He penned an open letter to the DA, specifically its chairperson of the Federal Executive Helen Zille, where he has appealed for fair play over alleged dirty tactics.
In a report by News24, De Villiers was allegedly recorded to have said GOOD leader Patricia de Lille had a corrupt history which was why people should vote for the party but De Villiers has hit back and said the video was doctored and manipulated.
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According to his open letter published by EWN, De Villiers stated that the fake video was shared by Zille for her audience of 253 000 Facebook followers and 1.4 million Twitter followers on Sunday, but the video was first shared by Nicholas Gotsell, the head of the DA’s Federal Legal Commission and Compliance.
Zille has since removed the video from her social media.
Helen Zille refuses to denounce Phoenix posters: "Political parties continue to sow racial tension"
Previously, Briefly News reported that the Federal Council Chairperson for the Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille has responded to backlash that stemmed from the recent campaign posters placed around Phoenix, north of Durban.
Her response makes it clear that she stands firm on the campaign strategy in spite of the potential link to race influenced crimes that the posters carry.
Posters with the phrase, "The ANC called you racists; the DA calls you heroes," populated the Phoenix area recently before the DA retracted the posters in light of public criticism against what many believe provokes racial conflict.
IFP founder Mangosuthu Buthelezi took the time to comment on the situation, expressing destain of the campaign strategy of the DA as they proceed to accuse the official opposition party of using the deaths of those caught in the violence of the civil unrest as a way of garnering support ahead of elections.