DA to lodge IEC complaint against desperate ANC over stolen and defaced posters

Note the editors: The following remarks were made by DA Mayoral Candidate, Solly Msimanga, outside Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Msimanga was joined by the DA’s IEC Party Liaison Committee Member for Tshwane, Justus de Goede MPL. Pictures of the posters can be found here, here, here, here and here.

I have today commissioned an affidavit that will serve as the basis for a complaint the DA will lodge against the ANC with the IEC for their continued theft and defacing of DA election posters in Tshwane.

This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the ANC to slow down the DA’s momentum in Tshwane as it becomes increasingly clear that the DA can win.

While DA posters have been illegally removed in Tshwane for some time now, we have recently come across a number of DA posters that have been defaced by the ANC by sticking their own posters over them.

In one example in particular, a poster of the ANC’s imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza, was pasted over a DA “Vote for Change” poster featuring Mmusi Maimane.

The theft and defacing of election posters is a clear violation of sections 91, 92 and 97 of the Electoral Act and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

These actions of the ANC are not those of a party committed to uTata Madiba’s dream of building a free and fair South Africa with opportunities for all.

Instead they are the actions of a party in decline that has allowed progress in the Capital to stall. Since 2011 unemployment has grown out of control, corruption has infected the City, and service delivery has ground to a halt in many communities.

They are the actions of a party that is staring defeat in the face and will go to any lengths to prevent a loss. A party that has thrown R1 billion at their campaign because they can’t run on their record.

The ANC’s actions once again underscore the need to replace their dishonest and uncaring government with an honest and responsive DA government that will bring the change that Tshwane needs to move forward again.

Change that will deliver jobs to the 517,000 residents of this City who are without work.

Change that will stop the corruption that has lost this City R4.481 billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure since 2011.

Change that will deliver quality services and housing opportunities to the thousands of residents of this City who continue to go without.

On August 3 the DA can win Tshwane and bring the change it needs. Together we can turn this City around and turn it into a hub of opportunity where residents can pursue a life of value.