It has pitted the party’s top leadership against its provincial leaders, after the latter were unanimous that campaign posters with messages that could further stoke race tensions in the predominantly Indian neighbourhood of Phoenix, in Durban, should be taken down.
A number of people died in this neighbourhood following a week of unbridled looting, arson and violence in the city in July. Some residents formed armed vigilante groups due to fears that looters would invade their homes once all the malls had been ransacked.
There were, however, accusations that some of these groups targeted black people passing through the neighbourhood, and that a number of innocent people were murdered and their corpses were left lying on the streets. Some ANC leaders accused the Indian residents of racism, but the DA said these residents were only acting in self-defence.
The DA’s set of
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