Mireille Wenger MPP
DA Constituency Head for Bitou
The Democratic Alliance (DA) condemns in the strongest manner the political intolerance of the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of Wednesday’s Ward 7 by-election in Bitou, Eden District. Yesterday, ANC supporters with ANC leaders present are believed to have burned DA t-shirts in front of a group of small children.
This type of action is contrary to the spirit of free and fair democratic elections. The DA will be taking this matter up with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as we believe that the ANC may have contravened the Code of Conduct of the Electoral Act.
The DA held several successful events in Ward 7 this weekend, where supporters sang, danced and clapped. We shifted voters and our message was positive and based on building one nation with one future for all South Africans. By stark contrast, the ANC has apparently burned DA shirts and brought their music truck to make noise right outside the DA’s pre-booked venue.
The DA’s events over the weekend drew crowds never before seen. The Kranshoek Multi-Purpose Hall was jam-packed with supporters while the walkabout in KwaNokuthula saw a blue wave walk the streets of Ward 7. We have shown the DA difference and we are confident that we can win this Ward from the ANC on Wednesday at the polls.