DA MP Anchen Dreyer rubbishes claims she's an 'apartheid apologist'
The ANC Chief Whip's office released a photo of Dreyer posing with a cardboard cut-out of Paul Kruger.
CAPE TOWN - DA MP Anchen Dreyer, who is at the centre of a politically charged racism row, has rubbished the ANC's claim that she, like her colleague Dianne Kohler Barnard, is an apartheid apologist.
Yesterday, the ANC Chief Whip's office released a photograph of Dreyer posing with a cardboard cut-out of Transvaal President Paul Kruger during an event she addressed in October last year, hosted by the Solidarity Movement.
Months earlier, Kohler Barnard shared a Facebook post, which said public services were better during apartheid.
Dreyer says she attended what is known in Afrikaans as a "toekomsberaad", which just happened to be on Kruger's birthday.
Kruger was the nineteenth century leader of the Transvaal republic.
"All figures in our history are important. From Paul Kruger to Steve Biko because they are all part of where we are today as a nation and what contributed to where we are and who we are."
The ANC's Moloto Mothapo claims the event commemorated Kruger's life.
"As part of that event, she gave a message of support on behalf of the DA and even posed next to the frame of Paul Kruger. That is a glorification of what Paul Kruger stands for."
In response to the controversy, the DA says South Africa has a rich and complex history, which cannot be wished away.
Rather, it says, we must learn from the injustices of the past.
Moreover, it says, those who violated the rights of others must be remembered for their crimes.