Kohler Barnard af­fair badly han­dled

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE DA has surely thrown the baby out with the bath­wa­ter in han­dling the Diane Kohler Barnard is­sue.

I feel that they are play­ing to the gallery and try­ing to ap­pease all op­po­si­tion crit­ics who per­sist in la­belling the party a “white” party, which we know is ab­so­lute non­sense.

Kohler Barnard is es­sen­tial to the DA, more so with lo­cal elec­tions around the cor­ner.

She has al­ways proved her­self to be hard­work­ing, tack­les her port­fo­lio with in­tegrity, ap­par­ently fear­ing no one or no ob­sta­cle in her path.

She is the epit­ome of what politi­cians should be, bar­ring of course this one nox­ious vi­ral faux pas, which as I see it has been mis­con­strued. Re­post­ing a Face­book mes­sage – if not prop­erly read and di­gested – is never a good idea, as she could well have in­tended to sig­nify her ad­mi­ra­tion for PW Botha’s run­ning the county on oiled wheels, notwith­stand­ing sanc­tions and a mea­gre trea­sury, and of course the un­bear­able apartheid sys­tem.

Not for one mo­ment would Kohler Barnard have con­doned the con­di­tions of the apartheid sys­tem and the lives that it touched, and I find it quite lu­di­crous that the DA top brass could now re­gard her in such poor light.

Their ac­tion in this re­gard may not augur well for the party’s show­ing in the up­com­ing elec­tions, as Kohler Barnard is highly re­garded as a strong and true fighter for the peo­ple, and will be sorely missed if she is not re­in­stated in a mean­ing­ful port­fo­lio.

I am not a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party, and am not ac­quainted with the lady in ques­tion.

Diane Kohler Barnard

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