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Maimane: DA followed the law when deciding on Kohler Barnard

Dianne Kohler Barnard was stripped of her membership last night following a controversial Facebook post.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the party followed the law when deciding to strip Dianne Kohler Barnard of her membership.

Maimane says the DA's code of conduct pertaining to social media is clear.

Kohler Barnard was found guilty of misconduct by the party's Federal Executive on Friday night after she shared a Facebook post stating that health, education and police services were better during apartheid.

The former shadow minister of police now has 10 days to appeal the Federal Executive's decision.

Maimane says all members are legally bound not to post anything controversial on social media, which can compromise the party.

"It's important that we understand that we follow the law when it comes to these particular issues. We have a very strong social media policy that articulates that public reps certainly can't be allowed to be able to post things on Facebook, or even on Twitter that contravene the Constitution."

He says the post was offensive.

"If there is a post that stands out and says that an apartheid dictator effectively must come back and one of our public reps supports that view or reposts it, it's offensive - not only to black South Africans, but to white South Africans."