Statement by Nqabayomzi Kwankwa-UDM Chief Whip

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is disturbed and disappointed by the racist social media post attributed to the Democratic Alliance (DA) Honourable Dianne Kohler-Barnard. There is no other way to read and understand these reckless comments than as pure racism and an endorsement of the apartheid system.

We cannot allow Honourable Kohler-Barnard to glorify and romanticize the diabolic system of apartheid. She will recall that under PW Botha’s regime black people were treated as sub-human.

Her remarks seek to inculcate the notion of white supremacy, while at the same time firmly entrenching the perception of black incompetence.

The fact that we have a ruling party that has decided to prioritise the looting of state resources and protecting its corrupt leaders over improving the material and socio-economic conditions of our people does not justify a call for a return to the apartheid system.

We call on the DA to deal with this matter once and for all.