The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have distanced themselves from the branding of surgical masks in their respective party colours.

This follows criticism of politicising the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) after pictures of the masks emerged on social media.

The first political party to raise its concern was the Congress of the People (COPE).

In a statement, the party said it is disgusting and shameful to see medical supplies distributed bearing party emblems.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described it as “pure and total opportunism”.

DA Spokesperson Solly Malatsi says the party did not commission the production of party-branded masks.

The ANC has distanced itself from the masks.

Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte appealed to its members and private sector to not abuse the party emblem:

In the audio below, political parties express their concerns around the branded masks: