There are your colors at the mast… and then there is this: the DA has gone all out with its campaign to win votes in KZN, pushing the boundaries with its poster campaign in Phoenix. Just three months ago, up to 20 residents were killed when vigilantes clashed with suspected looters in the July riots.
DA posters in Phoenix spark controversy
The tragic clashes, known as the Phoenix Massacre, pitted citizens against each other based on their race. A group of Indian residents have been accused of kidnapping black South Africans, and the division’s wounds are still alive in the city.
As long as a precarious calm remains in place; but the DA has floundered to stir up controversy, hailing the residents of the “heroes” of Phoenix for – as they see it – defending their properties in a time of great uncertainty. The poster campaign was highlighted by DA KZN spokesperson Bradley Singh, who shared the following on his Facebook page:
2021 local elections: the public reacts to the ‘we call you heroes’ campaign
The subject itself is very painful and delicate to tackle. A total of 56 people have been arrested in connection with alleged killings of vigilantes. Across KZN and Gauteng, more than 300 victims have been confirmed dead as a result of these widespread acts of looting and violence, which are believed to have been sparked by pro-Jacob Zuma protests.
The July riots then took their own lives, with shopping malls, businesses and major highways targeted by opportunists. Phoenix, however, became an involuntary hotbed of death and destruction, as racial tensions boiled over. The ANC condemned vigilante violence, but the DA chose instead to praise those who defended their communities.
- The posters, however, have already caused a bit of a backlash:
I think it’s inflammatory. After what happened in Phoenix @DA have the nerve to post this in KZN. Obviously they see nothing wrong with #PhoenixMassacre.💔💔💔💔💔💔💔❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/TcbywoMMwq
– King of the Punchline. (@ MrKnockout88) October 5, 2021
– Indoda Yamaqiniso (@i_yamaqiniso) October 5, 2021