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DA leader, John Steenhuisen.
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DA Phoenix poster: ‘I’m not going to apologise,’ says Steenhuisen

The DA has been on the receiving end of some backlash over campaign posters in Phoenix, which have been deemed racially divisive

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DA leader, John Steenhuisen.
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If you’re expecting an apology from the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen over controversial posters the party put in Phoenix, Durban, don’t hold you breath.

The posters read “The ANC calls you racists, the DA calls you heroes.”  – this is in reference to the violence which broke out in the area back in July. This sparked a wave of fury online and even from the ANC in KZN, who have deemed the posters as divisive and racist.

At least 36 people were killed when vigilantes clashed with suspected looters during the unrest. Racial tensions between Black and Indian community members erupted during the mayhem in the area.

John Steenhuisen defends ‘racist’ DA poster

John Steenhuisen lead a picket with DA supporters and members outside Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Wednesday, 6 October 2021. Speaking to journalists, Steenhuisen says he has no plans of apologising.

“I’m never going to apologise for calling ordinary South Africans, who stand up for law and order, who protect the rule of law and who are on the side of right. I’m never going to apologise for calling them heroes,” he said.

Further explaining his stance, Steenhuisen says they are referring to Phoenix residents who chose to rightfully defend the rule of law, and not those who took the law into their own hands.

He has also denied politicising the Phoenix violence.

“They are heroes. Whether they be Black, White, Indian or Coloured. As we saw during those terrible days in KwaZulu-Natal, they are the heroes, because they stepped up when government stepped away.”

DA leader John Steenhuisen

The ANC in KZN says the DA posters is the party reminding South Africans that people needed to redouble their efforts in ensuring that South Africa became a truly non-racial country.

“The ANC calls peace loving citizens to ensure that all efforts are employed to reject the DA that wants to turn this province into the epicentre of racism. The disgusting act of the DA to pit people against each other using its election posters erected in the Phoenix area on the north of Durban shows that this party has no respect for human life,” says ANC KZN spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela.