ANC lashes at DA election campaign

ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says the DA’s comparison to apartheid is not legitimate.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC said it makes no sense to compare the atrocities of the apartheid government with recent events in South Africa as the Democratic Alliance (DA) plans to do in its election campaign in 2014.

The DA's campaign was laid bare in the latest Mail&Guardian which illustrates how the DA plans to compare events such as the Sharpville Massacre with the Marikana tragedy and the killing of Hector Pietersen with the Andries Tatane's murder.

The comparisons will be made during PowerPoint presentations at rallies ahead of the general election.

But the ANC's Gwede Mantashe said these comparisons cannot be considered legitimate because the two governments are fundamentally different.

"You can't compare the apartheid regime to a democratic government which must actually instil the authority of the state. You can't compare the two."

Mantashe said simliar incidents happen around the world in democratic countries.

"It's like when you have the shooting of school kids in the United States of America and say that country is like the Nazi Germany. If you do that, you're comparing apples and pears."

When asked to respond to Mantashe's comments, DA leader Helen Zille said she does not want to be drawn into a debate with the ANC Secretary General.

Meanwhile, the DA has made it clear that it plans to win Gauteng and the Northern Cape in the next elections.

The party is currently in power in the Western Cape.

At the same time, the ANC plans to recruit hundreds of volunteers to win back the Western Cape.