Final arguments in Kohler Barnard discrimination case
Magistrate Jerome Koeries has heard closing arguments in the case in which Louw Nel, former DA parliamentary operations director, accuses DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard of unfair discrimination based on her alleged ‘xenophobic utterances’.
According to a Daily Maverick report, Nel, who is representing himself, alleged in the Equality Court, sitting in the Cape Town Regional Court, that Kohler Barnard’s comments at a workshop in 2018 were xenophobic and sexist.
Kohler Barnard allegedly told staff members that farm murders in SA had decreased because Zimbabweans had gone back to their home country since Robert Mugabe was no longer President; ‘women are stupid’ for falling for scams from their Nigerian partners and black children were killing ‘whiteys’ with stones thrown at vehicles.
Nel reminded the court that Mondli Zondo, a witness, said he ‘was startled by her remarks’ and did ‘find some of her remarks xenophobic in respect of what she said about foreigners and Zimbabweans’.
Koeries interrupted Nel and told him, ‘Now you’re giving evidence, this is a time for closing arguments. You need to convince the court why it should rule in your favour.’
Advocate, Michael Tsele, for Kohler Barnard, argued that Nel’s case ‘is bad in law’.
He claimed Nel had presented the court with allegations and not concrete evidence. Koeries said he would hand down judgment in a month’s time.
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