ANC, SACP brand DA as 'liars'
The parties say the DA has falsely blamed the ruling party for rising unemployment levels.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP) have branded the Democratic Alliance (DA) liars who have falsely blamed the ruling party for allowing unemployment levels to rise.
Millions of South Africans will cast their ballots in just five days' time and the tripartite alliance used May Day events across the country to canvass voters.
The SACP's Jeremy Cronin lashed out at the DA for accusing the ANC under President Jacob Zuma of failing to create jobs to lower the increasing unemployment rate.
"They are telling a lie. The reason is that our economy is still in the grips of monopoly capital."
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte also labelled DA leader Helen Zille "a liar who is misleading the public."
"I want to ask and challenge her to tell us what she has done in the Western Cape where more jobs have been lost than have been created."
The tripartite alliance has called on workers to give the ANC another chance on 7 May.
Meanwhile, the SACP also cautioned the crowd against "laughing off" the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) saying they must remain vigilant as the new party will try to "massacre the trade union movement".
The party said workers will never be "fooled" by demagogues in red berets.
"Africa has seen clowns like this in the past but it would be a mistake to laugh it off. The Hitlers and Mussolinis of the world rose to prominence."
Cronin stressed the importance of rooting out corruption not only in government but also in the private sector.