The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape says it will lay criminal charges following the theft and damage of their election posters at Upington in the Dawid Kruiper Municipality.

The party says approximately 100 posters were damaged and some removed from poles around town. The DA has slammed political intolerance and has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to intervene.

DA councillor at the Dawid Kruiper Municipality, Flip van der Steen elaborates:

“The DA is deeply disappointed by the display of political intolerance in Upington in Dawid Kruiper Municipality, where about 100 posters have been damaged and removed from poles. This is very undemocratic and completely against the code of conduct that we, as political parties, abide by during elections. The DA will not sit back and allow this kind of thuggery to continue. We will be laying criminal charges in respect of damages and the theft of posters and reporting it to the independent electoral commission.”

Meanwhile, the DA will launch its election manifesto on Saturday. The DA’s launch is expected to be a largely virtual event.

DA to launch its 2021 Municipal Elections manifesto on Saturday