The DA is lobbying to prevent Black First Land First (BLF) from contesting the 2019 general elections. It has launched a petition against the party’s participation in the polls on the grounds that it has “shown itself to be a cabal of unrepentant racists whose mission is to divide South Africans along racial lines and to undermine the constitutional value which states: ‘SA belongs to all who live in it’,” DA youth leader Luyolo Mphithi said on Sunday. The move follows the Twitter support BLF spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp gave to a comment by a Facebook user, who said he could not feel pain for the three pupils of Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark who died when a bridge collapsed on Friday, assuming them to be white. In a tweet that has since been deleted Maasdorp reportedly said: “Why should we frown on the ancestors’ petitions to punish the land thieves, including their offspring.” Maasdorp’s tweet unleashed a storm of outrage on social media and condemnation from the Ahmed Kath...

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