‘DA marchers threw bottles at residents’

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Johannesburg - A small group of Soweto residents on Saturday accused DA members of throwing water bottles at them because they were wearing ANC regalia.

Girly Maseko told Sapa she was standing in front of her house with her family when members of the Democratic Alliance walked past during a march.

“They (the DA) started throwing bottles at us,” she said.

“What kind of behaviour is that? Why are they throwing us with water bottles? We have a right to support whoever we want.”

DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane said if any of its members incited violence he would be the first to take action.

“We don't support political intolerance.”

The DA's march was over the banning of its 'Ayisafani' advert by the SABC.

The advert shows Maimane standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country. He says life today is better than it was 20 years ago and gives credit to great leaders who he believes have taken the country forward.

The SABC did not broadcast the advert and gave the DA a letter.

In it, SABC acting group CEO Tian Olivier informed the party the corporation would not be able to broadcast the advert on radio and television as it incited violence. - Sapa

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