ANC not fooled by DA's move to demote Kohler Barnard

The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa says racism is in the DNA of the DA and they aren’t fooled by the decision taken.

FILE: Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela meets with ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has lashed out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) for only demoting police shadow minister Dianne Kohler-Barnard to Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Works and not firing her.

This week Kohler-Barnard had to apologise for a Facebook post related to the controversy around the suspension of Kwazulu Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen that went on to praise apartheid leader PW Botha.

She will face an internal disciplinary process next week. Zakhele Mbhele, who was Kohler-Barnard's deputy, has replaced her.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says racism is in the DNA of the DA and they aren't fooled by the decision the party has taken to demote Kohler-Barnard.

"This action of fooling us to play around and reshuffle her, actually demoted her to deputy, it says nothing because if indeed, this was not party of the past, they would have taken a serious decision, including removing her from Parliament."

The party says the reshuffle was always on the cards and denied the demotion had anything to do with the Facebook post.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said her disciplinary hearing is still set to continue next week following the post on Facebook where she endorsed another post praising the apartheid leader.

"I spoke to Ms Kohler Barnard because I wanted to make it clear that it's a very crucial time. The [post] was indefensible and so I needed to make a decision about it."

Maimane said the demotion of Kohler-Barnard from Police Shadow Minister to Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Works, has nothing to do with a Facebook post which sparked outrage on social media.

Maimane said Kohler-Barnard's disciplinary hearing is still set to continue next week.

Zakhele Mbhele is replacing Barnard as the new police shadow minister and Marius Redelinghuys is shadow deputy minister.

Barnard will now work under the leadership of Patricia Kopane in the public works department.

She said her actions on social media may well have damaged the party's reputation and she has considered resigning over the scandal.

Last month, Kohler Barnard shared a Facebook post which praised apartheid PW Botha and claimed that various aspects of life - like health and education - were better under his leadership than they are today.