'The DA will not tolerate racism'

The party says the termination of a councillor's membership shows it doesn’t tolerate racism.

The DA says the termination of a councillor's membership is a clear message it doesn’t tolerate racism.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the termination of Port Elizabeth councillor Stanford Slabbert's membership sends an unambiguous message that the party does not tolerate racism.

Slabbert was charged for bringing the party into disrepute and offending his colleagues for circulating a racist email in which President Jacob Zuma was mocked.

He was found guilty by a provincial disciplinary panel.

Despite an appeal, the guilty verdict was upheld.

DA leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, says, "We'll have to hold a by-election in his ward to retain that ward. But this sends out a strong message that the DA will not tolerate racism amongst members and even more so amongst public representatives."