#Elections2014: Tension between parties intensifies

With just under 24 hours before polls open, tensions between political parties are heating up.

With just under 24 hours until the polls open for SA voters, tensions between political parties are heating up.Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters in Philippi said they were concerned by incidents of intimidation in the area in the run up to elections, which take place on Wednesday.

This follows the death of a man in the area at the weekend, which the DA said could have been politically motivated.

The man's body was found in a field while wearing a DA t-shirt.

A DA motorcade also came under attack in Nyanga recently.

It's unclear whether the man's murder was politically motivated, but DA supporters claim they're being targeted and intimidated by ANC supporters almost daily.

DA ward councillor Nceba Hinana said this was because they were viewed as traitors.

"Black people who support DA are labelled by the ANC in particular as traitors, as snakes or as witches."

A fellow DA supporter agreed with Hinana.

She said, "Sometimes they swear at us and they stone us."

But she said she's a proud DA supporter and can't wait to vote on Election Day.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC)'s leader in the Western Cape has called for calm ahead of the polls.

Marius Fransman said the elections should be free and fair.

"No member of any political party should create intimidation or provocation. Therefore, a day before elections, as the leader of the ANC, I am calling on all to make sure that we call for sanity, stability and free elections."


The ANC in the Western Cape has also accused the DA of neglecting coloured communities.

The party is hoping to win the crucial coloured vote in the province as part of its campaign to reclaim it.

Fransman claims the DA is losing support among coloured voters in the Western Cape.

"When they went to into Leeuwenhof they forgot about the coloured community. We've seen major defections in the past. The more recent one was Grant Pascoe. We've seen the benefit from that process."

On Monday, ANC leaders welcomed John Gunda to the party.

They hope he will play a crucial role in strengthening the ANC's support base in coloured communities.

Gunda, who is from Upington in the Northern Cape, served as an Independent Democrat (ID) representative in the Nation Council of Provinces.