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Wed Jun 01 07:31:30 CAT 2016

Maimane says DA isn't racist? Then he should fire Kohler Barnard: ANCYL

Jenni Evans | 22 January, 2016 16:48
Dianne Kohler Barnard. File photo.
Image by: Trevor Samson © Business Day

DA leader Mmusi Maimane should fire MP Diane Kohler Barnard to prove the party is not racist, the ANC Youth League said on Friday.

In a petition given to DA MP Zak Mbhele on Friday, after a march to the party's federal executive office in Gardens, Cape Town, it also demanded that deputy chief whip Mike Waters and councillor Sam Pienaar be axed.

"The failure to deal with these racist members of the Democratic Alliance has led to more racists finding expression in the DA and adopting it as a political home that protects white privilege," said league secretary general Njabulo Nzuzo, reading the memorandum.

It also wanted the DA to put an end to the #ZumaMustFall campaign.

The #ZumaMustFall campaign started with marches on December 16 last year and most recently resurfaced as a massive drop-down banner on the side of a building in Kloof Street.

League supporters tore it down and it has since been replaced by a giant drop-down South African flag.

But the ANC Youth League said the Western Cape resembled apartheid to them and had to be dealt with.

It believes resources were distributed unequally, making it look like a '"province of two nations". with "one poor and predominantly black and one rich and predominantly white".

ANCYL Western Cape chairperson Khalid Sayed said even the area the DA chose for its federal offices showed how far apart it was from black people.

It demanded that the DA government eradicate the bucket system as promised, support broad based black economic empowerment and expropriation of land without compensation (within the bounds of the Constitution) and stop blocking legislation aimed at addressing apartheid-induced economic imbalances.

Marchers gave Mbhele a banana, to symbolise their hurt over being called monkeys in a post by estate agent and former DA member Penny Sparrow.

Sparrow called black people monkeys in a complaint about New Year beach litter, and her association with the DA has stuck.

Kohler Barnard was disciplined by the DA in December for sharing a Facebook post praising former apartheid president PW Botha.

ANCYL has already filed an Equality Court hate speech application against her.

Pienaar, now a councillor, is being targeted for his role in planning what became known as the "Trojan Horse" shootings in Athlone, Western Cape, in the 1985. 

Michael Miranda, 11, Jonathan Claasen, 21, and Shaun Magmoed, 16, were killed on October 15 1985 when security force members hiding in wooden crates on the back of a truck opened fire on a group of alleged stone-throwers. Pienaar has said that he was part of the planning to stop the police getting stoned, but not part the shooting.

The ANC has already complained to the SA Human Rights Commission over a picture Waters tweeted, saying "Voting Day, make your mark", with a queue of dogs waiting to urinate on a poster of President Jacob Zuma. Waters deleted it later.

The who's who of young alliance politicians were spotted at the march - from ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, to the Young Communist League's Bongile Zanazo. ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman was also present, in spite of a charge of sexual harassment lodged against him, which he has denied.

Isidingo's Benjamin, played by Arno Marais, was also there to show his support for the anti-racism cause and said he was enjoying his first protest march.

While Nzuzo read the memorandum, about 12 policemen dressed in riot gear blocked the door to the party's offices in the leafy suburb, the police tape they had erected long trampled flat by protesters.

After handing over the memorandum, some in the group made a small fire on the road and burnt banana peels, a child's doll and some of the water bottles that had been distributed.

On the fringes, some of the marchers had quietly collected all the empty water bottles and put them into a neat pile for cleaners to remove later.

Source: News24

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