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“Kohler-Barnard must be fired over PW post” - ANC

“Kohler-Barnard must be fired over PW post” - ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) has called-on Parliament to fire Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, over her sharing of a Facebook post praising late former President PW Botha.

Kohler-Barnard has faced criticism on social media as well as from party leader Mmusi Maimane and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, after sharing a post, dated 15 September, that dealt with the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss, Johan Booysen, but contained the lines “please come back PW Botha - you were far more honest than any of these ANC rogues, and you provided a far better service to the public”.

Maimane has since confirmed that the party would be taking disciplinary action against her for the post, having earlier tweeted, “The post by @DKB20 is indefensible. She has withdrawn it and apologised. Now our internal disciplinary processes will be dealing with this”.

Speaking in an interview with News24 on Thursday morning, Kohler-Barnard stated she had not read the post properly and proceeded to delete it following a SMS from DA KwaZulu-Natal leader Zwakele Mncwango.

“Nothing more was said on Facebook and now two weeks later someone has chosen to share it on Twitter. I have no idea who would choose to share it via Twitter,” she said, adding that the decision was “incredibly stupid”.

In an entry on Politicsweb, ANC Spokesperson in the Office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, described the sharing of the post as an” endorsement for the return of the apartheid” and that it does not “surprise us as racism and white supremacy form the core DNA of the DA”.

“The DA's senior MP's tacit endorsement of the return of apartheid rule, once again confirms the endemic mistrust the majority of our people have regarding the DA as a party of apartheid longing for minority rule,” Mothapo said.

“It is appalling that a public representative would propagate such disturbing racial hatred and public glorification of a criminal system that caused untold suffering to millions of Black people. If the DA is serious about ridding itself of its public reputation as a refuge for racists and white supremacists, it must not only merely distance itself from its senior MP's conduct but expel her from the party and Parliament.”