UDM criticises DA’s handling of racism case

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has criticised the Democratic Alliance (DA) for imposing only a fine on councillor Chris Roberts for calling UDM councillor, Mongameli Bobani a baboon in a council meeting in Port Elizabeth.

Roberts has been found guilty by the DA, fined R10 000 and demoted from his position as party whip. Bobani, who is UDM Regional Chairperson in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, says the fine is a slap in the face to South Africans.

“At least the DA should have expelled that particular person and fine him more money so that it can be a lesson that in South Africa racism is not acceptable at all. We are shocked this is just a slap in the face of South Africa.”

The African National Congress (ANC) has meanwhile filed a hate speech case in the Equality Court against Roberts. DA’s Athol Trollip says all processes were followed.

“The DA has dealt with Mr Roberts and Miss Kohler-Barnard through our internal legal processes. These cases were heard and finalised and sanction was approved. Now the ANC wants to charge them in Equality Court, that’s entirely their right to do so and prerogative to do so. These members will have to defend themselves like anybody else who gets charged from an offence in the case of law. We will wait for the outcome of the court. The DA processes have been completed,” says Trollip.



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