The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday claimed the Democractic Alliance’s (DA) paid people to participate in its jobs marches, which attracted thousands yesterday.
The well attended jobs march took place in the Johannesburg CBD. At least 5,000 DA supporters dressed in blue T-Shirts took to the streets calling for government action to deal with rising unemployment.
But on Thursday the ANC claimed that people were paid R100 each to take part in the march. The ruling party alleged that the DA had taken advantage of poor people, which it used as pawns to score “hollow political points”.
“The DA in pursuit of its racist agenda it chose to take advantage of the poverty confronting our people by using them as pawns to further the interests of white minority who were not even visible in their march,” said ANC national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa.
He said while the ANC respected the freedom of association and protest, the party viewed “the DA stunt as an insult to democracy when they use unemployed black faces to mask their racist agenda”.
“This conduct continues to confirm that the DA with it rented black so called ‘leaders’ continues to be a home of racism that thrives on abusing black people in protecting white capital,” said Kodwa.
The ANC urged “our people” to take a stand by not being used by “racists masquerading as democratic formations”.