'Dianne Kohler Barnard expressed the political views of the DA'
The ANC says nothing will change if the DA MP resigns over reposting a Facebook post that praised PW Botha.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says nothing will change if senior Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler Barnard resigns over her endorsement of a Facebook message that praised apartheid leader PW Botha, saying she 'expressed the views shared by many in the party'.
Barnard was demoted from the position of police shadow minister for the DA, to shadow deputy minister of public works after her post went viral on social media, and caused outrage.
Too late for Dianne Kohler Barnard! True colours outed? 😆 pic.twitter.com/YVLdJNpysE
- Tshif Noah (@Sir_Bu) October 1, 2015
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.
She will this week face an internal disciplinary hearing to probe why she reposted the Facebook post.
Barnard suggested last week that she would resign if she needed to, but the ANC's Zizi Kodwa says this will mean nothing.
"She expressed the core values of the DA. That is why the party can't see anything wrong with the outrage. They don't understand it because she expressed exactly the views that they tried so hard to hide."
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Barnard has said her actions on social media may well have damaged the party's reputation and she has considered resigning over the scandal.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the matter is being dealt with accordingly.
"I wouldn't have a shadow minister be able to post in any current form or format. I've had to make a decision to say it cannot be so. However the situation is, I cannot have one of our shadow ministers in that space, and so ultimately it's better for the organisation."