The African National Congress (ANC) says it will kill off opposition parties’ campaigns by merely removing a billboard with a spelling error.
The ruling party has been the subject of ridicule since its campaign posters in Nelson Mandela Bay went up with the word “together” missing a few letters – instead reading as “togher” – inadvertently paying homage to a small Irish town.
Following the gaffe, the ANC issued out a statement on Tuesday, saying it plans to remove the billboards containing the “insignificant” error, thus grabbing the initiative back from its rivals.
“We consider this a very minor and insignificant setback to our campaign and will ensure the immediate removal of the billboard, which will, in turn, kill the campaign of the opposition.”
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Own goals in ANC election campaign
The posters emerged barely a week after the ANC pretty much threw some weight behind their official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA’s) election campaign.
On Thursday the ruling party congratulated Western Cape provincial government – led by the DA – on “remarkable feats” achieved in the province after no ANC member objected to a motion brought up by the opposition’s MP to recognise the achievements made by Premier Helen Zille’s administration.
This resulted in the National Assembly issuing out a letter of congratulations to the Premier, signed by speaker Baleka Mbete.
“Dear Premier Zille… The Assembly congratulates the Western Cape provincial government in achieving [such] massive feats. A copy of the minutes containing the text of the motion is attached”
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The endorsement was a massive PR victory for the DA, gaining wheels as it was echoed by leader Mmusi Maimane.