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DA: Mandela family can approach Electoral Court over ad

Members of the Mandela family accused the party of abusing the late statesman’s name.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane addresses party supporters in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth, as politicians campaign on 24 June 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Nelson Mandela's family can approach the Electoral Court if was not happy with the party's use of his recordings on its advert.

Members of the Mandela family accused the party of abusing the late statesman's name, and demanded that the DA immediately withdraw the advert.

In its advert, the opposition party uses excerpts of Mandela recordings, in which he calls for peace and justice.

The family said that the party was violating the electoral code and wanted the Independent Electoral Commission to take action.

DA spokesperson, Refiloe Ntshekhe, said: "Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president of South Africa and therefore a leader for all of South Africans and not just the ANC."

The party said it would continue to air its advert because it believed that the late former president stood for the vision that the party currently lives by today.

Mandela's family said that the association of the late former president with the DA was an insult to his history, his party choice and the values he stood for.

But Ntsheke disagreed. "And if you look at the vision that the Nelson Mandela had set, he stood for the vision that we believe as the DA we're the only party that can truly bring that vision and dream to reality today."

WATCH: DA election advertisement