South African parties rebranded ‘criminals’ on Wikipedia

The Wikipedia page for the South African election was changed on Wednesday morning by someone expressing their displeasure at the policies of some the parties contesting in the country’s sixth national polls since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.

The protester changed the list of national parties to “national criminals” with the subheading “the following list of parties intending to strip you of all your money and keep you poor”.

They listed almost every party with the word “criminal” somewhere in their name.

So the Azanian People’s Organisation was changed to “Azanian People’s Criminals” and Women Forward was changed to “Women Criminals”.

Out of the 48 parties competing in Wednesday’s election, the only parties that escaped the rebranding were the Congress of the People, the Democratic Alliance, the Free Democrats, the Front National, Good, the Land Party, the National People’s Front, the Patriotic Alliance and the People’s Revolutionary Movement.

The heading “Electoral system” was also changed to “rigged electoral system”:

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