“Kohler-Barnard’s dismissal a PR stunt” - ANC

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 2, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) has described the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) dismissal of its former Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, as a public relations stunt does little to “cleanse itself of its twin demons of racism and apartheid”.

On Friday afternoon, party Federal Chairperson James Selfe announced that Kohler-Barnard had been expelled after her sharing of a Facebook post last month that contained the words, “Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of these ANC rogues, and you provided far better services to the public”.

She however claimed not to have seen the words only becoming aware of it after being told by DA KwaZulu-Natal leader, Zwakele Mncwango, via SMS. The post, written by freelance journalist Paul Kirk over the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen, was then leaked onto twitter with Kohler-Barned later being demoted to the position of Deputy Shadow Minister of Public Works.

In an entry on Politicsweb, ANC spokesperson in the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, said the DA’s decision does not deter from the fact that Kohler-Barnard’s views are still shared by many other party members.

“The fact is that there [are] public representatives guilty of racism within the DA ranks against whom no action was taken, which makes the party's decision against Kohler-Barnard appear like a convenient public relations stunt,” Mothapo said.

“Until the DA has consistently dealt with all racists within its ranks, it would continue to struggle to convince South Africans that it has transformed and is a home for all people regardless of the colour of their skin”.

He also stated that the ruling party remains unmoved by the DA’s decision, labelling it as being “far from positive”.

“The party ought to deal viciously and consistently with all cases of racism within its ranks, not just convenient low-hanging fruits, to prove its commitment to the values upon which our constitutional democracy is founded,” Mothapo concluded.