The Democratic Alliance is accusing the African National Congress of stealing their election slogan and will be investigating what recourse can be taken against the ruling party
On Wednesday evening the Democratic Alliance expressed their dismay at what they felt was the theft of their election slogan ‘one South Africa for all’.
The party had launched their campaign in April of 2018 and noticed that the ANC had used not only the same phrase, but the same photo, for their birthday celebrations on social media platform Twitter.
Although the tweet has since been deleted, it was still live at 11pm on Wednesday evening.
Solly Malatsi, DA spokesperson, has said that the party was committed to achieving a non racial ideology in South Africa and was committed to ‘effective redress, growing the economy in order to create jobs, creating safe communities and ensuring stringent property rights’.
The party further claimed the ANC was the ‘antithesis’ of these ideals and as a result could not live up to the principles the slogan represented.
Malatsi revealed that the party would be seeking legal advice on the grounds of ‘infringement’.
“It is not that we are not pleasantly surprised that the ANC has finally awakened to the need to build a country where all can live and belong in, it is the fact that they couldn’t be further from that ideal which is an issue.”
This is not the first time an issue like this has cropped up between the two parties, with the ANC having the same complaint with the DA, only this time for using the name and ideology of late ANC president Nelson Mandela in their election campaign.
The opposition party had, in turn, argued that they were more accurately representing the iconic leaders values than the ANC itself.
The DA spokesperson had argued that this move from the ANC was not only dishonest, but an ‘insult’ to the public.
“The ANC has moved furthest from Nelson Mandela’s dream of building a non-racial country.
“The ANC has repeatedly made use of racial division tactics in the country. They have, along with the EFF, stoked racial tensions for political expediency. The DA stands alone in upholding Madiba’s dream of a South Africa that we can all belong in.
“Just today, the ANC honoured Peter Mokaba, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the very person who coined the term ‘Kill the boers’. This, among various other reasons, displays the ANC’s disdain for a united South Africa that embraces our diversity but also acknowledges the inequality caused by apartheid.
“We will now consult our lawyers in order to ascertain what our recourse can be.”
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