- The ruling party officially complained to the IEC over the billboard
- A spokesperson for the IEC said a committee would review the matter
- The billboard caused a stir this week, drawing both support and condemnation
The ANC has lodged a formal complaint against the DA over their new election billboard.
The billboard, unveiled this week in Johannesburg, lists the names of those who lost their lives in the Marikana massacre and the Life Esidimeni tragedy, along with images of dripping blood and the caption'The ANC Is Killing Us'.
The billboard caused a stir on social media where it drew mixed responses. Some cheered the party's move to directly criticise the ruling party for the deaths, while others felt the billboard was insensitive, with some accusing the DA of having been disrespectful to the victims' families. The billboard was torn down on Thursday.
The ANC has now officially complained about the ad, claiming that it violates the Electoral Code of Conduct.
Sy Mambolo, the chief officer of the Indepent Electoral Commission, says that the matter has been brought its national party liasion committee. He said the committee would reflect on the issue, particularly on the impact it would have on the "climate" of the elections.
He encouraged political parties to continue campaigning, but cautioned that electioneering should remain civil.
"But obviously, the families are aggrieved about it and I'm sure as agreed the national party liaison committee [sic]."
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