Mthatha - Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson,
Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, has demanded that the DA take down an election
advertisement featuring Madiba's voice.
Mandela junior said in a statement that the Electoral
Commission of SA (IEC) should act against the DA, as the advert was a
"gross violation of the electoral code".
"We are disgusted by the flagrant abuse of former
President Nelson Mandela by the Democratic Alliance, which is using his voice
in an election advertisement broadcast on YouTube," he said.
"The desperate lengths to which the DA will stoop to
dupe voters is condemned in the strongest terms. uNkosi Dalibhunga was
throughout his life, until his death – by profession, and in the hereafter – a
loyal and committed member of the ANC."
- Elections Map: Previous ANC results
Mandela said that if the DA wanted to invoke history, it
should use the voices of its own former and current leaders - Tony Leon, Helen
Zille and Mmusi Maimane. Under their leadership it had formed "the laager
of white privilege since 1994".
"Madiba’s name can never be associated with betrayal of
our struggle. The use of his voice in an attempt to lend credibility to a party
that has made the preservation of white privilege its raison d'être is vile and
"It is a violation of the letter and spirit of South
Africa’s electoral code for one party to abuse and defile the image of another.
In this case, the association of Nkosi Dalibhunga’s name with the DA is an
insult and affront to his history, his party of choice, his legacy and the
values for which he stood."
The DA was trying to "hijack his voice" to dupe
those who held his name in high esteem.
However, DA spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe said Nelson Mandela
belonged to everyone.
"When Tata Mandela became a president, he belonged to
all of us, not just the ANC. As a president you allow yourself to become public
figure and we have every right to use him," she said.
"He preached non-racialism and tolerance. This is
equally important to the DA and we have to be reminded of what he
- Elections Map: Previous DA results
Ntsekhe said Mandla Mandela needed to be reminded of the
oath he took in Parliament.
"He knows as an MP that when you take that oath you
belong to all of us," she said.
The DA advertisement, which went live over the weekend,
features a woman in a voting booth making her mark next to the party's logo
after hearing Mandela’s voice.
It is not the first time Mandela has featured in an
elections campaign. In 2014, shortly after his death in December 2013, several
parties accused each other of using his name to score political points.
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