DA apologises for fake ANC posters

2013-09-12 08:48

Johannesburg - The DA apologised for printing election pamphlets misrepresenting the ANC during recent by-elections in Tlokwe, in the North West, The Star reported on Thursday.

The party admitted in Parliament on Wednesday that it distributed false ANC posters carrying disparaging messages that denounced ANC mayoral candidate Maphetle Maphetle.

The ANC had called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate and punish the Democratic Alliance.

The ruling party described it as the "lowest and dirtiest" campaigning by the DA.

DA North West leader Chris Hattingh acknowledged the "mistake" and blamed the printing of the posters on an "over-enthusiastic" staff member.

"The pamphlet never got final approval and was printed due to oversight. The only wrong thing was the ANC logo. The ANC [alerted] us and we apologised," Hattingh was quoted as saying.

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-09-12 08:55

    Damage already done

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-12 09:11

      Mmmm - its called a "storm in a teacup"...

      Rob Anderson - 2013-09-12 09:19

      and the ANC worries about the DA poster and not about their mayor? weird, where is the governance. Stupid of the DA but really, like Tlokwe does not have enough real problems to worry about. Get rid of Maphetle as mayor first, then worry about the rest, That may solve a lot of the damage, in my humble view

      Walter Oldnal Latham - 2013-09-12 09:20

      I agree with the comments, but the DA should never have allowed themselves to get themselves into a corner like that.

      Rupeshhari - 2013-09-12 09:30

      As a DA supporter, very disappointed in DA. Ultimately, all these parties care about is winning. We are in a situation where we don't vote for the best party but just not vote for the worst.

      MastersVoice - 2013-09-12 09:33

      I agree Mbeva. The DA are becoming more like the ANC every passing day. we need a viable political alternative to these two Apartheid relics.

      Gungets Tuft - 2013-09-12 09:34

      Come on guys, this is low. If the boot was on the other foot, if the ANC had printed false posters then you would be going dilly here. Wrong is wrong, simple.

      Bon Bon - 2013-09-12 09:38

      Come on DA - this is not cool ! We expect better !!

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:43

      @ Walter Oldnal Latham, Maybe the DA deliberately went into that corner to discredid the ANC. The DA is strong enough to get out of the corner. In the meantime a particular message has been brought to the masses.

      Master Mind - 2013-09-12 12:29

      Yes naughty DA - how dare you get the logo wrong - fortunately the info supplied was spot on about a lazy, nepotistic, ego megalomaniac and all his circus cronies in the cANCer !!!!

      Kevin Wahl - 2013-09-12 12:48

      True or not this is not the way to campaign. Disappointing DA, even if it was just one member.

      Terry Elkington - 2013-09-12 14:40

      I agree, I am becoming more disappointed with DA as the weeks go by. Agang, could be my option next year.

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-09-13 08:09

      What damage? In an idiocracy this is irrelevant. For the outcome of the vote to be influenced, the voter needs to be capable of independent and intelligent strategic reasoning skills! The average voter cannot even see the cause and effect mechanism at work in his basic service delivery. That sir, defines the very concept of idiocracy!

      Brian Craig - 2014-03-28 12:56

      Its interesting to note the difference between DA supporters and ANC supporters. When the DA get caught out DA members are dissapointed, when the ANC gets caught out - they defend it to the death with claims of racism, DA interference, Apartheid etc etc I am also heavily against this type of tactics no matter who does it

  • FJ Cele - 2013-09-12 09:04

    Bwhahhahhahahahaa- If you want to talk about dirty campaigning and buying votes the ANC is the worst. What goes around comes around.

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-09-12 09:31

      Still doesn't make it right.

      molesx - 2013-09-12 10:21

      FJ why dont you also move to Orania and maybe bleach your skin light

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 10:57

      @MOL, easy man, bad day?

      FJ Cele - 2013-09-12 12:38

      Molesx - you make me laugh. Its called democracy, I will not apologise for wanting a better life for my children. The ANC has proved themselves as corrupt over and over. I need a leader I can be proud of - so I will vote DA

      molesx - 2013-09-12 13:16

      FJ my issue here is, its flippin easy for people to cast stones and hail insult when its our own ,but when it comes to their own they sing a different tune and they make us feel that they are doing us a favour .Not saying that you must choose but also give yourself time to read comments from your fellow party members and judge for yourself

      Nnete Speakah - 2013-09-13 13:17

      I so agree with you molesx

      Brian Craig - 2014-03-28 13:04

      @Moles lets be realistic - there are racists in every ethnic group - its sad but its a fact. If it weren't about color it would be about religion, if it wasnt religion it would be nationality (heard of xenophobia?) You and Mboni perpetuate this attitude and help inspire these feelings. Yes there are many racist whites (some support the DA) but there are also many racist blacks (also dragging their reputation through the mud) If you find this forum insulting move to another site - if you want to see less racially aggressive comments - go check Twitter - but just a heads up... You aint gonna like it - Its surprising to see the number of black people calling for Zumas head! I also find the racist attitudes towards your OWN kind disturbing! Look at the recent comments made about Thuli and her nose, about Lindiwes weight, Maimane, the list goes on and on. I suggest you step out of the glass house before casting stones!

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-09-12 09:05

    Hehehehe, really

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-09-12 15:02

      LOL, so...were the elections free and fair?

  • Bhekinkosi Langa - 2013-09-12 09:10

    Thanx DA for accepting nd apologising same time rather denying nd appologising after 19yrs.

      Bheki Dladla - 2013-09-12 10:26


  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-09-12 09:13

    There is corruption in the ANC and we know about it, DA the are angels and we know it. But lately the chickens are coming to roost in DA campus. I will stay with the enemy i know.

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:48

      And get the currupt government that you deserve !!!

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:03

      @Simon, you remind me of that mental condition (syndrome) a women has that keeps going back to her abusive husband, sorry I can remember what its called.

      Mbali Parker - 2013-09-12 14:17

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Best stick to the devil you know.

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 20:32

      Wow, let me get this straight...YOU WILL VOTE FOR A PARTY that; lies, doesn't serve the people, is SO incompetence that even if they wanted to serve the people, they can't, A party that doesn't know how to do their day to day jobs but are masters in blatant corruption. A Party that has such low morals that they don't see anything wrong with stealing from either a struggling child headed homes or the pension from our elders, YOU WILL VOTE FOR THAT PARTY, BECAUSE YOU KNOW ABOUT IT... Wait, I'm sorry, ARE YOU A F_KING RETARD? What the HELL is wrong with you. If you hate this country SO MUCH, why don't you just leave? I'll pay for a bus ticket out of here!

  • Oscar Chauke Hlayi - 2013-09-12 09:13

    Lorl why didn't they approve it by the way, i think it would've been funny to see two deference kind of ANC logos.

  • Pixie86 - 2013-09-12 09:14

    well, i supposed now we all know the DA is as childish as the ANC. There is no hope for this country.

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:50

      this is not childish behaviour. It is called "Politics"

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:05

      @Pix, What are you on about? A employee printed what was not approved and they apologized. mole hill ---------> Hello MOUNTAIN....????

      Pixie86 - 2013-09-13 14:35

      Molehill? isn't that the normal reaction for south Africans

  • Josie de Villiers - 2013-09-12 09:17

    To the DA, count me in as disappointed! Don't blame an over enthusiastic staff member and an oversight. Resorting to dirty play makes you the same as everyone else and while you apologised you've put a blotch on your own reputation. We expect better if you want our votes.

  • Don Leonard Shalata - 2013-09-12 09:18

    The chickens are coming to roost in DA campus, after all they prove not to be the saintly angels people thought they were. This was an unethical approach to win Tlokwe vote and the DA SHOULD be punished !

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:53

      So you want the unethical dealings of the ANC to go unpunished? It is extremely unethical to want to vote for "No confidence" if the person it refers to do has corrected all the previous major has cocked up. Is it ethical then to vote a person out due to political alliances?

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:09

      Ok,punish DA for what it has done, but then don't forget to punish anc for everything it has done...I.O.W Does this mean the DA is now the ruling party? Woohoo!

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  • Hamelton Ethin - 2013-09-12 09:27

    Blame it on dagga,I guess they were high and confused,(Dagga Alliance)

      Vusi Thabiso - 2013-09-12 17:42

      Lol...they got a big supply frm that king dalinyebo guy these time

  • Bryan Culross - 2013-09-12 09:28

    What are the true facts here. According to the DA, only the ANC logo was wrong. I would like to see the poster, then could establish an informed view on the matter.

      Lawrence Brown - 2013-09-13 20:01

      Finally, someone who read the report. To answer the respondent below, made it out of poo!

  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-09-12 09:29

    I knw the DA for standing true to what its believes in. I know them for fighting fair, I knw them for their morals &integrity. Please I urge The DA not to swim with the pigs.... Dirty politicking sickens me because the DA doesn't need to go to desperate measures to get votes. They dnt need 2 discredit the ANC coz it has managed to do that itself.

      Ayanda Matuka - 2013-09-12 10:18

      Remember the MTN voucher adverts??? their answer was the same ' The adverts never got final approval and was printed due to oversight'

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-09-12 10:43

      BUT they had the decency to apologise.. Imagine this was the ANC...This would the sorry excuse we get... "The printing of the posters had nothing to do with the leading party, this is just another ploy to discredit the ANC" I am not saying they were right though

  • Busi Ndaba - 2013-09-12 09:33

    Mara why DA...

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:55


      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-09-12 10:37

      @ ARIE its means but why DA.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-09-12 09:35

    Is it as dirty as food for votes?

      Masiwakhe Khalimeshe Zulu - 2013-09-12 13:44

      and what is it that u red people understand?

  • Danie Venter - 2013-09-12 09:35

    Well respect for them for admitting they were wrong BUT why does the ANC get all in a tizz because they are spreading false information where as the ANC do it on a daily basis with EVERYTHING??? Hypocrites!

      Desmond Mosehli Maefa - 2013-09-12 11:43

      False information about what??? Did they print false DA pamphlets too?

  • Peter Mahlangu - 2013-09-12 09:41

    this shows us as to how disparate the DA is,they want power at all cost.

      FJ Cele - 2013-09-12 09:44

      desperate not disparate - hope it was a typo and not ANC's curriculum...

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-09-12 09:57

      Excuse me for noting! Does not the ANC want to control at all cost? I would think what is good for the goose is good for the gander !!!

  • Abanya Way - 2013-09-12 09:45

    Shame on you DA! I thought you were above this sort of thing. Take the advice that my father gave me ... Never argue with a fool because he will bring you down to his level and beat you on experience.

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-09-12 17:24

      you made my day on a fool comment.

  • Theo Bhengu - 2013-09-12 09:46

    @Loura: the ANC, with all it's mistakes has never gone to print posters to falsify the DA or any other party. I wonder what you mean 'beaten at your own game'.

      Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-09-12 10:32

      @Theo its done far worse..... You are 100% right.

  • Wycliff Rabothata - 2013-09-12 09:47

    I understand this was an honest mistake by DA, taking in to account the role that DA leader Helen Zile played in disclosing Steve Biko's police brutality during apartheid government. Like Vavi they (DA) apologized in public that shows humanity. I belong to another party but we must appreciate if something is good.

  • Maluleka Ngonyama - 2013-09-12 10:00

    Mind you, the structure of the DA has former apaidheid activists. Dirty tricks is in their blood. The leopard will never change its spot. When you think ANC is bad DA worst

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:27

      I think your confusing the DA with the anc, it's the anc that has former Apartheid NP members in it (one is even a minister), not the DA. But I agree, that the anc is worse and that they should be thrown on the rubbish dump where the corrupt belongs!

  • Zukisa Msudukwa - 2013-09-12 10:01

    You vote DA! you vote fake

      JamesMWood - 2013-09-12 10:07

      You vote ANCant, you vote for shacks, poverty, corruption, rape, house breaking, lack of infrastructure, etoll etc

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:29

      @Zuk, agree, You vote DA or You vote anc fake!

  • Tadiwa Teddy - 2013-09-12 10:23

    the worst hypocrites and undemocratic lunatics is these so called western powers and their sponsored mouth pieces so called opposition parties. Never trust anything that is sponsored by these whites and their puppets. I wonder what would have been, if ANC and Zanu-Pf had done the same?? VOTE DA, not in this generation and next!!!!!

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:36

      Please we really don't want it to go SO well her in South Africa that like the wonderful Zim, half our population fled into neighboring countries and another 2.2 million people are starving. But I agree with the last part... VOTE DA!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-09-12 10:48

    In politics you don't apologize

  • Mduduzi Ndaba - 2013-09-12 11:02

    Apology accepted

      Cya Nkandla JZ - 2013-09-12 11:08 what capacity are you accepting this apology?

      Joey Marabas - 2013-09-12 11:41

      His accepting it for me and the people of South Africa, especially that nca party

  • Naphtali Ejumu - 2013-09-12 11:12

    At least the DA admitted their mistake. Thats a sign of honesty and accountability. Its something we have yet to see from the ANC. Last time i checked Zuma and his cronies have yet to admit to any of his mistakes.

      Nqobile Buzi - 2013-09-12 11:39

      What are they doing with a ANC Logo

      Naphtali Ejumu - 2013-09-12 13:01

      You totally missed the point. Yes they did something wrong, but they admitted they messed up and apologised for it. This is very different from actively trying to avoid their mistakes. Look at all the crazy things jz has recently done. His palace his vacation abuse of helicopter rescue budget. Instead of doing the right thing an admitting he is wrong and apologizing he is trying to avoid the issue like a coward. Tell me what qualities do you really want in a leader honestly and accountablety or secretive and cowardly.

      Bruno Rech - 2013-09-14 21:34

      Guys this is taken way out of proportion. The DA did not even commite an criminal offence they simpily screwed up some posters? So what?. They did not steal anything!.

  • Chris Whittaker - 2013-09-12 11:37

    The da only admitted to it when asked. Its not like they saw the problem and brought it to peoples attention. They also then blame some unknown junior staff member. Guptas @ waterkloof: anc only owned up when found out, also blamed staff below cabinet level. They are not that different. People are just so desperate they don't want to see the da for what it is.

  • Staar - 2013-09-12 12:17

    Ok maybe I cant see properly isn't suppose to be another way around ANC Corrupted PARTY,Last time I checked DA were angels fighting a good now fighting corruption with another corruption,problem right there.

  • Mpendulo Manyathela - 2013-09-12 12:25

    there are important issues of concern to be discussed in parliament than waisting time in mickey mousy issues of papers

  • Sello Johannes Maswanganye - 2013-09-12 12:41

    It shows that the DA will not make any difference. I rather vote for ANC than da.

  • Simphiwe Wrekonize Tladi - 2013-09-12 12:47

    Just read two paragraphs and I was like "we all have dark secrets,some people are exposed"

  • Mphela Waga Matjie - 2013-09-12 13:20

    Way to go DA, politics are a dirty game. Somebody plz remind me why ANC is crying foul here. # still voting for EFF

      Bruno Rech - 2013-09-12 14:03

      Stats SA: DA success rate at answering policies = 64%. ANC success rate at answering policies = 12%. EFFs success rate = 0%. At lease i don't vote for the corrupt guy to get rid of corruption.

  • Bruno Rech - 2013-09-12 13:21

    Stats SA. DAs success rate at answering policies= 64%, ANC success rate at answering policies = 12%. EFFs =0%. At least they don't throw poo.

      Bruno Rech - 2013-09-12 14:50

      Elless Moshoeshoe who do you vote for??.

  • jerhone - 2013-09-12 13:36

    the ANC are the masters of low and dirty tactics, they should talk

  • ChelseaLotz - 2013-09-12 16:10

    I hear this also happened in the Western Cape and unfortunately people will believe their lies about the ANC as most people do. People want to talk about the wolf in the sheeps clothing, if only they understood, the DA is the wolf!

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-09-12 16:21

    Apology accepted!

  • Thokozani Mtoken Mbonane - 2013-09-12 16:28

    If you can't beat them join them..... Way to go DA.

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-09-12 19:30

    It takes two to tango!

  • Bongani Mtsweni - 2013-09-13 05:31

    there was never a mistake here. You cannot print many pamphlets distribute them and claim to be a mistake

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-09-13 06:04

    Who cares

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-09-13 06:05

    Who cares

  • Phumlane Mambane - 2013-09-13 06:59

    DISHONESTY!!! How can you trust a party like this with your vote? And they've got the tendency of not admitting their wrongs instead they point fingers, first it was this racist email going around and now this?? What more if they were to be in charge? My conclusion is that all these political parties are the same with different problems. Dont be fooled!!

  • Christiana Vespucci - 2013-09-13 12:18

    Lol. I'm surprise that the ANC can even see.

  • Lerato Ndlovu - 2013-09-13 13:20

    nice one DA kwaaaa! lol

  • EJ Moropane - 2013-09-13 13:37

    Desparate times calls for desparate measures. Is DA dat desparate?

  • Kevin Adendorff - 2013-09-13 19:06

    All this fuss and changing of voter loyalty just because the ANC logo was wrong .Jeez people it is not like the DA was handing out food parcels under the guise of "Service delivery". So many idiots having a field day about something absolutely insignificant. What an immature electorate.

  • Martin Holtzhausen - 2013-09-13 19:20

    Anybody got a picture of this evil poster?

  • Amogelang Orapeleng - 2013-09-13 21:35

    This is disgusting :-(

  • Vaido Mngese - 2013-09-14 09:47

    I wonder why our people especially poor are the victims of DA power hungry leaders,DA(settlers) has got nothing new to bring to the people but fake smiles so they can look as if they like black people.