DA to Consult Laywers Over ANC Allegedly ‘Stealing’ Election Slogan

South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) claims that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has stolen their election slogan “One South Africa For All”.

DA Federal Congress, 2018. Photo supplied by the DA

In a statement Wednesday evening, DA Spokesperson Solly Malatsi said: “The DA notes the fact that the ANC has stolen our election slogan: “One South Africa for All’ which we launched in April 2018.

“The ANC stole the slogan for their birthday celebration collateral.”

ANC Twitter poster, 2019. Screenshot supplied by the DA

The DA says it chose the slogan “One South Africa for All” because it is the “only party that is still committed to achieving non-racial ideals in South Africa.”

Malatsi said: “We have committed ourselves to effective redress, growing the economy in order to create jobs, creating safe communities and ensuring stringent property rights. The ANC is the antithesis of these very values.”

He said the DA will now consult their lawyers on the infringement.

“It is not that we are not pleasantly surprised that the ANC has finally awakened to the need to build a country where all can live and belong in, it is the fact that they couldn’t be further from that ideal which is an issue.

“Not only is this dishonesty, it is also an insult to the South African public. The ANC has moved furthest from Nelson Mandela’s dream of building a non-racial country,” he claimed.

Malatsi said the ANC has repeatedly made use of racial division tactics in South Africa, and  – along with the EFF – has “stoked racial tensions for political expediency”.

He said that just today, the ANC – led by President Cyril Ramaphosa – honoured Peter Mokaba who is “the very person who coined the term ‘Kill the boers’. This, among various other reasons, displays the ANC’s disdain for a united South Africa that embraces our diversity but also acknowledges the inequality caused by apartheid.”