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ANC takes race debate to Equality Court

The party says it has a moral responsibility to demonstrate leadership and prevent racial warfare.

The ANC says it has a moral responsibility to demonstrate leadership and prevent racial warfare. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's now taking Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler Barnard, the opposition's Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Chris Roberts and Penny Sparrow to the Equality Court.

The party says it's bringing the action because it has a moral responsibility to demonstrate leadership and prevent racial warfare.

Last year the DA said Kohler Barnard would be allowed to remain in the party, after she re-posted a comment on Facebook that appeared to praise PW Botha.

Roberts was accused of calling a fellow councillor a "bobbejaan" during a debate last year, while Sparrow was expelled from the DA after claiming that black people were monkeys on her Facebook page.

The party is also taking Velaphi Khumalo to the Roodepoort Magistrates court, after he said South Africa should be cleansed of white people as Hitler cleansed Germany of Jewish people.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says this kind of speech cannot be tolerated.

"It is not in the interest of moving the country forward, instead it tries to resuscitate resentment between different races in the country."

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