Democratic Alliance called out for using apartheid election tactics

Democratic Alliance called out for using apartheid election tactics

- The ANC, EFF and other parties have accused the DA of using 'swart gevaar' election tactics

- The DA is using the possibility of a coalition between the EFF and the ruling party to scare voters in the Western Cape

-The leading opposition party has admitted that the race to the elections is neck-and-neck and the pressure is definitely on.

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The Democratic Alliance has been cautioning voters not to 'waste' votes on small parties during the May elections, claiming this would encourage a coalition between the ANC and EFF.

The pressure is on for the opposition party to retain a majority in the Western Cape, with premier hopeful, Alan Winde, confirming that:

“Yes we do feel pressure, obviously for the last 10 years this is the first time they [the ANC] opened up and said we messed up, but now we are ready to govern. They are trying to run on the back of Cyril [Ramaphosa], and that does not seem to be working for them."

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The e-mails and messages that have been warning against votes for smaller parties have, according to IOL, been denounced as 'swart gevaar' apartheid-era tactics by the ANC.

Xolani Sotashe, ANC leader for the Western Cape, says that this move from the DA was unsurprising:

“The fact that Alan can write such a thing is telling... he is feeling the heat. We are not surprised that they will now resort to those tactics. We are not in this game to lose. The Western Cape cannot belong to one party, that is why we have elections to contest each other. The manifesto of the ANC has been well-received by constituencies.”

Ferlon Christians, ACDP premier candidate in the province, accused the DA of using 'old, fear-mongering tactics':

“This is an old tactic, in 2016 they did that, we went to the IEC to lay a complaint, nothing happened about that. The ACDP has gained a lot of traction and the DA knows they are not going to get the majority in the Western Cape, now they are playing fear tactics. It is completely unethical.”

EFF Western Cape chair, Melikhaya Xego, agrees with Christians, commenting that the tactics were the same as those deployed by Tony Leon when he created fear in the populace. Xego feels that this is similar to the 'swart gevaar' used during apartheid. reported earlier today that a poll encompassing the opinions of 1 300 South Africans had found Helen Zille is more popular among DA voters than Mmusi Maimane. Additionally, the survey found that people would be more likely to vote for the DA if Zille took part in campaigning.

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