Coalition letter is fake news, says DA


The Democratic Alliance says a forged letter is being circulated where its federal chairman requests a meeting between leader John Steenhuisen and pres. Ramaphosa to discuss a possible coalition government.

Ivan Meyer, federal chairman of the DA, says his signature on the letter, addressed to the ANC’s secretary general Fikile Mbalula, is also forged.

“We have proven that the letter was generated by artificial intelligence (AI) software. We are currently investigating the origin of the letter and will use all available resources to determine where this fake news and misinformation is coming from. We will file criminal charges against the perpetrators.”

Meyer says he would like to use the opportunity to emphasize that the DA is fully committed to saving South Africa, leading the multi-party charter and lifting the ANC government from their seats.

“The people of South Africa have been suffering for too long under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa and the corrupt ANC government. We urge voters to keep in mind that fake news will be increasingly spread in the run-up to the election. It will be distributed to deliberately harm participation and the outcome of the election.”

Meyer says the creation and distribution of false information is a very serious offence. “We are warning all voters to report any cases to the Independent Electoral Commission. On 29 May 2024, we will strip the indifferent ANC of their power and usher in a new government that works for the people and saves South Africa.”