DA to take disciplinary action over MP’s PW post

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 1, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed it will be taking disciplinary action against its Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, over her sharing of a Facebook post seemingly praising late former president PW Botha.

According to reports, the post, dated September 15th, centred around the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss, John Booysen, before reading, “Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of these ANC rogues, and you provided far better services to the public”.

In an interview with News24, Kohler-Barnard stated she did not notice the line until being informed in a SMS by party provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango.

“I immediately erased it and apologised to him and nothing more was said on Facebook and now two weeks later someone has chosen to share it on Twitter,” she said.

The post has received wide-spread criticism with both Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane asking her to withdraw the remarks.

“The post by @DKB20 is indefensible. She has withdrawn it and apologised. Now our internal disciplinary processes will be dealing with this,” Maimane tweeted with Zille saying, “@DKB20 please withdraw that post and apologise unconditionally. It is indefensible, even if you missed the P W Botha bit”.

 

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