The Democratic Alliance has launched its 2014 Election campaign with “Know your DA”, highlighting the role that DA members – or members of the DA’s earlier incarnations – played in the struggle against apartheid. According to Gwede Mantashe’s desperate propaganda, “Know your DA” is desperate propaganda.
The feel-good sentiment on a day like July 18 – Mandela Day – shouldn’t allow us to forget that actions performed on one day usually mean little in terms of the Mandela legacy, which has more to do with changes of attitude than performing random acts of charity.
Instead of presenting a case for why one should vote for the ANC in the upcoming local government elections, some spokespersons for the ANC seem more intent on using emotional blackmail to make voters think that they have no options other than voting for the ruling party. After all, who wants to risk killing Mandela or going to hell?