DA MP faces disciplinary action for PW Botha post
Dianne Kohler Barnard apologised for sharing a post calling for the return of apartheid leader PW Botha.
JOHANNESBURG - Dianne Kohler Barnard has apologised for a Facebook post she shared, which has sparked angry reaction on social media.
The post related to the controversy around the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Boss Johan Booysen, but then went onto praise apartheid leader PW Botha and called for his return.
The post also claimed that during Botha's time, education, health and the police services were better than they are in modern South Africa.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane called the post 'indefensible'.
The post by @DKB20 is indefensible. She has withdrawn it and apologized. now our internal disciplinary processes will be dealing with this.
- Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) October 1, 2015
A screengrab of Kohler Barnard sharing this post continued to circulate today on Twitter, drawing criticism from amongst others Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.
Too late for Dianne Kohler Barnard! True colours outed? 😆 pic.twitter.com/YVLdJNpysE
- Tshif Noah (@Sir_Bu) October 1, 2015
Dianne Kohler Barnard scored an own goal with that PW Botha shandis-thier 0.1% chances for next year are up in smoke
- Thulani C Mbhenyana (@ThulaniM16) October 1, 2015
Dianne Kohler Barnard must not dare say, No I just shared a post......Let's see which wins! PW Botha racist legacy or "DA's rainbow nation."
- Ajtesel (@MoLesetja) October 1, 2015
Kohler Barnard says she shared the post weeks ago by mistake and has since deleted it.
She said that failed to read it all the way through.
"They absolutely should be criticising me for sharing it. I unfortunately didn't read the whole thing through. When it was pointed out to me, I deleted it immediately and now some weeks later someone has chosen to share it on Twitter and I have apologised again for having shared it in Facebook."