The multiple attacks occasioned a speech from DA national spokesman Phumzile van Damme who confirmed that Maimane had received threats‚ but did not want to be drawn into details about them.

van Damme told Hinnewssa that the vest‚ which he wore underneath his T-shirt‚ surfaced on social media and were quickly shared‚ igniting a fierce debate.t was part of “security assessments and purely a precautionary measure”.

“Yes‚ the DA leader had a bullet-proof vest on. It was a precautionary measure given security analysis provided‚” she said on Friday afternoon.

Van Damme said the DA march was peaceful and “a beautiful expression of unity in diversity. We are proud of South Africans today”.

In response to the questions about the vest‚ Maimane told reporters outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria: “I am the father of two kids‚ a husband to one wife. It would be irresponsible of me knowing that people have threatened my life‚ not to take all the precautions I can take.”