DA gets backlash over 'insensitive' #TheANCIsKillingUs billboard
The Democratic Alliance has been criticised over a billboard that sharply attacks the ANC.
The opposition party launched the #TheANCIsKillingSA campaign in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday, January 16. At the event, DA leader Mmusi Maimane read out the names of victims who had lost their lives in the Marikana massacre, the Life Esidimeni tragedy, and children who had died after falling down pit toilets.
TimesLIVE reported that Maimane said people were dying in the country due to the negligence and corruption of the ANC.
"The Esidimeni mass murder was committed in Gauteng under David Makhura’s watch, and yet he is still premier. ANC officials can literally get away with murder. Because the ANC cares only about themselves," said Maimane.
DA supporters at the event carried posters that depicted blood spatter and the faces of the members of the ANC NEC, with the words: "The ANC is killing us."
The DA campaign drew backlash on Twitter as many felt that it was "insensitive" and "disturbing."
Let's not act like the DA cares about all those victims(R.I.P), why choose now to stand up for them just because elections are around the corner. I don't support neither DA or ANC but it's really sad that people's death are used to gain advantage over rivals#TheANCisKillingSA pic.twitter.com/TuS4nDFVMg— Black Child (@av_nojoko) January 16, 2019
Clearly the #DA did not think long and hard about this cheap political campaign, it's clearly insensitive and indicative of the disregard the DA leadership has for black and marginalised lives.— King Sbu (@SbuIsKing) January 16, 2019
Its disgusting and in bad taste that politicking has come to this.#TheANCisKillingSA pic.twitter.com/r0L1J3iHJ9