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Zuma accuses DA of being 'confused, oppressive'

Zuma claimed the DA was desperately trying to portray Nelson Mandela as different from other ANC leaders.

President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters during an ANC rally in Port Elizabeth on 23 July 2016 ahead of the municipal elections. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNEBSURG - President Jacob Zuma has continued his attack on the Democratic Alliance (DA), this time accusing it of being an oppressive party that should be ashamed of itself for using Nelson Mandela's name.

Zuma was campaigning in the North West yesterday. He said the DA is being desperate by portraying Mandela as different from other ANC leaders.

"They forget what they did to Madiba. In fact they tried to make Madiba to be different from all of us here and they can't do it."

The president said Mandela wouldn't want to be used by an oppressive party, which was born from the National Party during apartheid.

"The child of the National Party, the one that exercised apartheid, oppressed us, did everything and killed our people."

Zuma said the DA is the most confused party he knows, saying it can't decide if it's black or white.

At the same time, Zuma's deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, was on the campaign trail in Stellenbosch, addressing farmers and the business community.

Ramaphosa took a different line, calling for unity.

"The news buzz word in the world is to include everyone in whatever endeavour, economic, social and we need it particularly here when it comes to the farming community, the land issue. We need to be all inclusive."

DA DEFENDS ITS CAMPAIGN

The DA has defended its campaign, saying the party's diverse councillor candidate list reflects Mandela's dreams.

Both the ANC and the DA believe they will be governing in Tshwane after the elections.

The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga says he knows the DA will form the next Tshwane administration and that the people of the city have told him they want change.

"They're saying now that they want a different government that would start to deliver better services to them, that's the government that we going to give to them."

But Gauteng ANC head Paul Mashatile says their information is completely different.

"Our own research and information we get from our own people on the ground suggests that we'll win comfortably in Tshwane as well."

It now appears that this election could come down to turnout and the results could depend on the decisions made by people who used to vote for the ANC but aren't a hundred percent happy with the party.

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has also spent time in Tshwane and said his party will secure the majority of the youth vote.

"Who's the attractive party of young people? It's the EFF, so when you say young people are registered in their numbers, you're simply saying the EFF supporters are registered in their numbers."