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Hector Pieterson’s sister joins DA

The opposition party says Lulu Pieterson is disillusioned with corruption within the ANC.

The iconic photograph taken of Hector Pieterson, who was killed during the Soweto uprising in 1976, displayed at the Hector Pieterson museum in Soweto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

SOWETO - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday announced the sister of Hector Pieterson, one of the first people to be killed in the 1976 Soweto uprising, has joined the party.

Her 13-year-old brother was shot and killed by police during the uprising and was the subject of an iconic image of the violence.

A mother of at least eight children, 42-year-old Lulu Pieterson was only five-years-old when her brother was killed.

The iconic photograph taken of Hector Pieterson, who was killed during the Soweto uprising in 1976, displayed at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Picture: Reinart Toerien.

She made headlines last year when it emerged she was fighting for royalties related to the Pieterson name.

The DA says Pieterson is confident that the party can take South Africa forward.

It said Pieterson was disillusioned by the corruption in the ANC.

DA Gauteng leader Mmusi Maimane made the announcement at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto this afternoon.

"It's an indicator that, in fact, many South Africans from diverse walks are coming on board to the DA and are realising that, in fact, the future must be with the DA."

Maimane says this is a symbolic moment for the party, showing people believe in a future in which all South Africans can have equal opportunities.

"Whether that history is being part of the ANC, whether that history is being part of the generation that fought against an unequal education system, whether that history is from the PAC, the UDF - whatever that history is, people are finding a home in the DA."

Earlier this week, the DA named Mamphela Ramphele as its presidential candidate.

The ANC described the move as a pre-election political stunt and 'rent-a-black' strategy.

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