by Melinda Hattingh – DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
Date: 12 September 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA welcomes the commitment of the Gamagara Municipality to establish a disciplinary committee to investigate alleged racist remarks by an ANC councillor in Kathu.
This comes after a member of the public was allegedly verbally assaulted in public by the said councillor. The person, a member of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), was busy helping school children cross the road when the councillor sped down the street and almost knocked over a learner. The CPF member stopped the councillor only to receive the brunt of a racially fuelled verbal attack.
The DA condemns the incident. There is no place for racism of any sort in our democracy.
Subsequent to the incident, DA councillor Henriette du Plessis tabled a motion with notice whereby she asked that a disciplinary committee must be set up to probe the alleged behaviour of the councillor.
The DA will monitor the situation closely, both in court and in council. We cannot tolerate a situation whereby a public representative, who is meant to foster unity, acts to divide our people instead.
DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
082 494 6648
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387