Some, particularly ANC supporters, were critical of a tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela that was screened at the DA’s federal congress on Saturday.
While some thought the tribute was “moving”, others such as political commentator Pieter Howes said it was “twisted, convoluted white sorcery”.
— Nickolaus Bauer (@NickolausBauer) April 7, 2018
Howes claimed that: “Just days ago DA members were out in full force demonizing Mam’ Winnie with lies and smears of the worst kind. Now they are cheering her legacy at the
#DAcongress2018. It’s twisted, convoluted white sorcery.”
Howes’ view generated much comment, with one user comparing Madikizela-Mandela to Hitler.
Hmm….she was a murderer of note!!! She necklaced people just because they did not agree with her.
She is no hero!! She was the female equivalent of Hitler!!!!!
— Ollie (@Ollie97526484) April 7, 2018
Another user said the party was merely trying to cash in on the death of the struggle icon to get votes.
They are trying to get more black votes in 2019 by using her name,forgetting that they insulted her ,call her a witch and a terrorist
— Galwen (@Galwen1) April 7, 2018
Others, however, felt the DA was doing the right thing.
It’s not the first time the opposition party has faced criticism when it comes to the Mandela name.
In 2016, in the lead-up to the municipal elections, DA leader Mmusi Maimane urged Soweto residents not to feel obliged to vote for the ANC, as it was no longer the party Nelson Mandela had fought for.
At the Dobsonville Stadium, he claimed: “We’re the only party that is carrying forward the vision and the values of Nelson Mandela.”
Maimane said he too had voted for the ANC things had changed under the then president, Jacob Zuma, and the party no longer carried forward the values of Mandela.
The ANC also took particular exception to the DA using Mandela in its election materials.
The party has been trying to make a commitment to diversity a key feature of its policies, though it rejected the need for quotas on Saturday.
Absolutely thrilled that Congress accepted our amendments to the diversity clause including rejection of quotas. We are indeed united in our diversity. #DACongress2018
— Gavin Davis (@gavdavis) April 7, 2018