The ANC in the Western Cape on Wednesday said the youth were correct in believing the DA would bring back apartheid if elected to govern.
This follows a survey released on Tuesday which indicated that 54 percent of black youth questioned expected the Democratic Alliance would revert to apartheid if it won the 2014 election.
Twenty-six percent of Indians, 21 percent of coloureds, and 19 percent of whites agreed. The cellphone survey by Pondering Panda was conducted among 3009 people aged between 15 and 34.
Forty-six percent of all respondents believed the DA would bring back apartheid. Thirty-six percent disagreed, and 18 percent were unsure.
When asked whether the African National Congress-led government had implemented reverse apartheid, 45 percent of the youth disagreed, 40 percent agreed, and 15 percent were unsure.
"The wisdom of these youth is clear," the ANC in the Western Cape said in a statement.
"In the Western Cape and in municipalities where it governs, the DA have done precisely that."
The ANC asserted that black businesses were excluded from government contracts, white male managers were favoured for all appointments and poorer services were delivered to black and coloured areas.
"Thankfully the youth of today are more sophisticated and know that a leopard never changes its spots", said ANC provincial chairperson Marius Fransman.