Kohler Barnard affair badly handled
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