Infamous: F-word landed opposition MP in hot water, and in Nando's advert

2010-02-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The f-word has put Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard on the map. Nando’s has just launched an Internet advertisement based on her faux pas in the National Assembly last week. It reads: “Dianne, there is only one place where it’s OK to use fowl language”.

Thanks to the fiery MP, a new code has been created for the inflammatory word. It goes: “Oh DKB (Dianne Kohler-Barnard)” or “Do a Dianne”.

Apparently this code is especially popular in the Free State, members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on policy said yesterday, when Kohler-Barnard returned to Parliament. Dressed in fire-engine red, one of her favourite colours, she sat down behind her laptop for a morning meeting of the portfolio committee.

The DA and the speaker of the National Assembly suspended Kohler-Barnard for five parliamentary work days last Wednesday for saying “f*** you” to Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo.

At least Kohler-Barnard hasn’t been completely unproductive during her “down time”.

“Anyone who thinks I was putting my feet up doesn’t know me at all. I never stopped [working]. I was on my computer and on the phone the entire time,” she said.

She received more than 100 e-mails from people commenting on her foul language. “Yes, of course I shouldn’t have said that. But sometimes the pressure is so intense... that you can’t help but explode,” she said.

Kohler-Barnard will apologise to Parliament unconditionally on Tuesday afternoon, when the National Assembly reconvenes.

She isn’t having any sleepless nights about the apology. “I’ll stand up and read the sentence out loud. And that will be that.”

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