‘If Madiba was alive, he would have voted for the DA'

The Democratic Alliance has defended its use of Nelson Mandela’s voice in its election advert.

FILE: Nelson Mandela smiles broadly 27 April 1994 in Oshlange, near Durban, as he casts his historic vote during South Africa's first democratic and all-race general elections. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it doesn't see anything wrong with using the voice of late former statesman Nelson Mandela in its new election advert.

Members of the Mandela family have accused the party of abusing his name and are demanding that the party immediately withdraw its online advert.

In the ad, which has been posted on YouTube, the opposition party uses excerpts of Mandela's recordings, calling for peace and justice.

But the family says the party is violating the electoral code and wants the Independent Electoral Commission to take action.

DA spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe said, "The advert is going live [on TV] tonight, it has only been on social media so far. It will be on SABC 1 at 8pm so South Africans can have a look at it."

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The DA has defended its use of Mandela in the advert, saying the former president would have voted for the party if he was still alive.

The DA disagrees with the family that the association of Mandela's name with the party is an insult.

Ntsekhe adds, "We've seen quite a lot of senior ANC members saying they support what we are doing because we do it with cleanliness and we are anti-corruption."

DA: 'I believe Nelson Mandela would vote for the DA if he was still alive'