Mandela warned South Africans against DA – ANC

2016-07-31 14:01
The DA's 'We can win' rally in Nelson Mandela Bay. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Port Elizabeth  President Nelson Mandela warned South Africans against the Democratic Alliance until he died, ANC leader in the Eastern Cape Mlibo Qoboshiyane told News24. 

"They opposed him... The first organisation to oppose Nelson Mandela was the DA under Tony Leon. That is what Madiba left understanding, that only the DA stands to oppose him. Even on his grave he knew that an he warned people against the DA."

DA leader Mmusi Maimane unveiled banners last week, asking South Africans to honour Mandela by voting for the DA.

Qoboshiyane said the DA had failed to address imbalances and racism in its internal structures. 

He said the ANC welcomed senior members of the DA on Saturday. 

"Once the members are leaving a party on the eve like this, it tells you that the DA has turned to use the majority of black people without dealing with the very intricate problems of racism."

He added that this would hurt the DA on voting day.

Qoboshiyane was speaking ahead of his party's Siyanqoba rally at Buffalo City stadium. 

He told News24 provincial leaders would be dabbing for victory. "We are ready for the dab. I have my dancing shoes and I'm ready for to celebrate," he said. 

The ANC is expecting to fill the 16 000 seater stadium. 

But several seats remained open minutes before the event was scheduled to start.

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