ANC slates DA after Kohler Barnard's redeployment

The ANC slated the DA accusing it of being racist to the core because its member endorsed the Facebook post.

DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard. Picture: @DKB20 via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s decision to demote Dianne Kohler Barnard from Police Shadow Minister to Deputy Shadow Minister of Public Works is merely a smoke screen.

Kohler Barnard is in hot water after she reposted a Facebook message around the suspension of Kwazulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen but then went on to praise apartheid leader PW Botha.

She will have to explain her actions during a disciplinary hearing starting next week.

ANC's Zizi Kodwa slated the DA accusing it of being racist to the core because its member endorsed the Facebook post in which apartheid leader PW Botha was praised.

"They are honouring her, even the deployment is to honour her after she made such appalling statement about how the entire party idolises PW Botha."

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."

But DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the disciplinary process is separate from his decision to reshuffle the shadow cabinet.

"What the office determines after this it's their own choice but for me as the leader of the DA I wouldn't have a Shadow Minister be able to post, in any current form or format."

Maimane says her Facebook post was indefensible and he had to make a decision about it.

Zakhele Mbhele is replacing Kohler Barnard's as the new police shadow minister.

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

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.