Kohler Barnard saga: Disciplinary panel to make recommendations

Kohler Barnard admitted to misconduct & breaching the party's social media policy at a hearing yesterday.

FILE. The MP is in hot water for sharing a Facebook post, which says education, health and the police services were better during the days of apartheid-era leader PW Botha. Picture: @DKB20 via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - It's unclear when the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Federal Executive will announce a decision on Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler Barnard after she pleaded guilty to bringing the party into disrepute.

Kohler Barnard admitted to misconduct and breaching the party's social media policy during her disciplinary hearing on Friday.

The MP is in hot water for sharing a Facebook post, which says education, health and the police services were better during the days of apartheid-era leader PW Botha.

DA Federal Legal Commission Chair Glynnis Breytenbach says the disciplinary panel will make a recommendation to the Federal Executive.

"She pleaded guilty to the charges. The panel has reached a conclusion and will now make a recommendation to the Federal Executive, as is the normal course. The Federal Executive will then in due course decide whether or not to conserve it."

Kohler Barnard, who has been the party's spokesperson on police as its so called shadow minister, was replaced by her deputy Zakhele Mbete over the weekend.

She 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.