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Kohler-Barnard’s resignation threats won’t change anything - ANC

By Charl Bosch - Oct 5, 2015
Kohler-Barnard’s resignation threats won’t change anything - ANC

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has indicated that the possible resignation of controversial Democratic Alliance (DA) MP, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, would mean nothing as she “has expressed the party’s core values”.

On Saturday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced that Kohler-Barnard had been demoted from the position of Shadow Minister of Police, to Deputy Shadow Minister of Public Works after sharing a post on Facebook by freelance journalist, Paul Kirk, 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”.

Kohler-Barnard is expected to face a party disciplinary hearing this coming Friday having earlier stated she would resign after her sharing of the post, dated September 15th, leaked on twitter.

“This racist narrative of the DA is at the centre of DA values that have been camouflaged by renting blacks as a public relations exercise and to confuse voters,” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

“The arrogance of the DA parliamentarian for calling for return of the painful and dehumanising system of apartheid administered by PW Botha proves beyond doubt that the DA is the bastion of racism which took over from the National Party post 1994”.