DA billboard exposes party divisions

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File: Party leader Mmusi Maimane also wished Ngwenya well as she remains a member of parliament representing the party.

JOHANNESBURG - DA Gauteng premier candidate and former Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said on Friday that the party should not be ignoring outcry over their controversial billboard.

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The board suggests the ANC killed the people who died in the Marikana massacre and Life Esidimeni tragedy.

It lists the names of the deceased beneath the words "The ANC is killing us", the text dripping with blood.

Not everyone in the DA's leadership agrees with this position.

Msimanga implicitly supported the removal of the controversial billboard.

The former mayor said, "I think we need to hear the cries wherever they may be coming and not be toned deaf if you like, and be able to be responsive as well."

His provincial leader, John Moodey, making it clear the billboard is going nowhere

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"Those people died at Marikana, and at Life Esidimeni as well as the pit latrines, because of the uncaring government. That billboard will stay up for the duration we have contracted it for," said Moodley.

Some people are accusing the DA of cheap politicking and, the billboard was ripped off in protest, a day after it went up.

Meanwhile, Msimanga said he'll vacate his position as Mayor of Tshwane next month as he'll now be focusing on becoming the number one citizen in Gauteng.

Msimanga leaves behind a trail of maladministration scandals in the capital city.

These include claims by the City Manager that he and other members of his mayoral executive committee, interfered in the awarding of tenders.

It's a charge he's denying but will likely follow him on the campaign trail.

There's a major backlash against the DA election billboard launched. Courtesy #DStv403