Maimane taken to task over “no racists” speech

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 21, 2016

The African National Congress (ANC) has accused Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane of providing lip-service over non-racialism, in spite of the controversy surrounding the party’s former Shadow Minister of Police Dianne Kohler-Barnard.

In a statement, ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said Maimane’s remarks on Wednesday that racists are not welcomed in the DA, makes a mockery out of Parliament after Kohler-Barnard’s sharing of a Facebook post in October, that contained the lines, “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 was subsequently expelled for bringing the party into disrepute, but later allowed to continue her tenure as MP with a number of provisions.

“The disturbing acts of overt racism and open glorification of apartheid by the likes of Kohler-Barnard, and the indifference with which they are being dealt with, are instructive regarding the need to tighten the legislation to ensure such elements are removed from society,” Mothapo said.

He stated that the introduction of a new bill that aims to make hate speech a punishable crime, would go a long way in ensuring that “perpetrators of such acts” are tried and put behind bars.

“If such a law was currently active, Kohler-Barnard would have been tried, jailed and prohibited from serving as MP for a certain period due to her criminal record,” Mothapo remarked.

“It makes a mockery of our democratic parliament, which is founded on the values of non-racialism, equality non-sexism and human dignity, for an unrepentant racist like Kohler-Barnard to continue serving as a public representative, paid by taxpayers, in this Parliament”.