“Kohler-Barnard’s expulsion lifting not a surprise” - ANC

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 23, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) has described the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) decision to overturn the expulsion of its former Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, as nothing “but a publicity stunt” and “a hopeless attempt to dupe the public into believing it has changed its views on racism”.

On Tuesday, the party’s Federal Executive Council announced that Kohler-Barnard, who was expelled in October for sharing a post in Facebook that seemingly paid tribute to former President PW Botha, would continue as a member of the party, but only after paying a fine of R20 000 to a NGO dealing with people affected by Apartheid and resigning from all positions she served in.

In a statement, ANC spokesperson in the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, said the ruling party knew from the onset that Kohler-Barnard’s expulsion would never have gone through, adding that the eventual decision to keep her as a MP, was not surprising.

“The overturning of the expulsion once again confirms what the majority of South Africans have always suspected, that the party leader, Mmusi Maimane, is nothing but a glorified figurehead with absolutely no influence or control of the party he supposedly lead,” Mothapo said.

“His sudden ascension to the so-called 'first black leader of the DA', has done nothing to transform the party and its image as a racist party still yearning for the return of the apartheid minority rule”.

Taking a further swipe at Maimane, Mothapo said the party’s recent views on transformation at higher institutions, proves that he was merely elected to “window-dress” its past as a way of luring black voters to elect them.

“The DA's unrepentant racist has no place in our democratic parliament, which is built on the values of non-racialism and democracy,” Mothapo continued.

“We have no problem with the DA retaining her as a party member – and indeed she would be at home amongst fellow racists in that party – but we cannot afford to have this parliament infested with public representatives who still harbour disturbing and dangerous attitudes that are reflective of our repulsive past”.