PW post: Author expresses “disgust” over DA’s reaction

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 2, 2015

The freelance journalist, whose post on Facebook has landed Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police Dianne Kohler-Barnard in hot water with her party, has described it as pure satire without racism.

In a statement on Thursday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Kohler-Barnard would be appearing before a disciplinary committee after sharing the post by Noseweek writer Paul Kirk, that centred around the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss, John Booysen, but which also contained the words, “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”.

Kohler-Barnard has however stated she did not notice the line and only became aware of it when told via SMS by 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 told News24.

Speaking in an interview with the SABC, Kirk said the comments made by Maimane and Kohler-Barnard about the post had left him “disgusted”, and that the party has had a long “history of people that are politically incorrect”.

“If she is ashamed of me the first thing I will be doing is deleting her as my Facebook friend because I wouldn’t want to cause the woman embarrassment,” Kirk told the public broadcaster.

“I would also hate to think that people are so precious and sensitive that they can’t discuss ideas and things like that. I was under the impression that the DA are staunch supporters of free speech”.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has meanwhile called on Parliament to fire Kohler-Barnard, describing her sharing of the post as “an endorsement for the return of the apartheid”.

 

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