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Opposition influenced by DA - ANC

The ANC’s chief whip Mathole Motskhekga says opposition parties are easily swayed by the DA.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko outside Parliament after the State of the Nation Address on 14 February, 2013. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) chief whip's office on Saturday accused independent political parties of repeatedly allowing themselves to being deceived by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said the response from the opposition following President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address on Thursday night was shameful.

Zuma addressed most of the country's problems such as education, corruption, rape, violent protest action and the economy.

But opposition parties including the DA, Congress of the People, Inkatha Freedom Party and the Freedom Front Plus said the speech lacked detail.

Motshekga's spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said, "It is abundantly evident to us that these leaders have sold their souls.

"Clearly these parties stand for nothing."