DA MP unashamedly glorified reprehensible Paul Kruger - ANC

2016-01-22 19:08

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Johannesburg – The ANC and the DA are locked in a battle over race again, after the ruling party took exception to a DA MP's attendance at an event commemorating Paul Kruger.

The office of the ANC's chief whip accused DA MP Anchen Dreyer on Friday of glorifying apartheid.

Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said it had come to the ANC's attention that Dreyer attended the Solidarity Movement's event on October 10 last year, commemorating the birthday of Kruger, president of the South African Republic from 1883 to 1900.

During the apartheid era, October 10 was known as Kruger Day, and observed from 1952 to 1993.

Mothapo said the holiday was abolished in 1994 after the advent of democracy.

He claimed Dreyer attended the event and addressed it on behalf of the DA. She posed for a picture with a cardboard cut-out of Kruger with a hand-held placard with the words "Lekker verjaar Oom Paul [Happy birthday Uncle Paul]".

"The DA MP's unashamed glorification and admiration of such a reprehensible figure is a tacit endorsement of the heinous crimes against humanity he perpetrated against black South Africans," Mothapo said.

The DA said this showed the ruling party's growing desperation to divide the country along racial lines.

National spokesperson and MP Phumzile Van Damme said the country had a rich and complex history, which could not be wished away. Past injustices had to be recognised and learnt from, she said.

"The ANC has clearly given up on this important project, determined to dictate how history should be remembered.

"This is because they continue to lose electoral support rapidly and are clutching at every straw to once again gain relevance in the lives of the millions of South Africans they have let down," Van Damme said.

Van Damme advised Mothapo to stop his "gimmicks" and help ANC chief whip Stone Sizani to run Parliament in a way that ensured the voices and interests of all South Africans were heard.

Mothapo said the ANC was considering what steps to take against Dreyer.

The ANC on Wednesday accused DA leader Mmusi Maimane of paying lip-service to non-racialism by allowing MP Dianne Kohler Barnard to continue serving in Parliament.

The ANC has approached Parliament's ethics committee to take steps against Kohler Barnard.

The DA, in turn, wants the committee to take action against ANC MP Bongani Mkongi, who called on people to burn down the Cape Town building from which the "Zuma Must Fall" banner was hung.

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