South Africa: Court Dismisses Discrimination Case Against DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard

After a series of hiccups and postponements, a judgment was finally handed down in the unfair discrimination case against DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard. Not only was the case dismissed, but a cost order was issued against complainant Louw Nel.

The Equality Court case at the Bellville Magistrate's Court against DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard was dismissed on Monday 21 October 2019 -- and a cost order was issued against the complainant, former DA chief of Staff Louw Nel.

Kohler Barnard did not show up at court. Only five people were present, including this reporter, to hear the outcome.

The case was dismissed on the grounds that Nel could not provide concrete evidence that remarks made by Kohler Barnard at an internal crime and policing workshop on 2 February 2018 were "racist, sexist and xenophobic".

Presiding magistrate Jerome Koeries said Nel had not presented a prima facie case that Kohler Barnard's comments amounted to discrimination according to the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

"There was no evidence placed before the court, only bare allegations," Koeries said.

Nel had alleged in his founding affidavit that Kohler Barnard had made three problematic statements suggesting that: Zimbabweans were "predisposed...

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