DA MP, radio DJ in war of words on Facebook, Twitter

2012-10-25 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard was involved in a spat on Twitter when she was told to “f**k off” by Highveld Stereo DJ Anele Mdoda yesterday.

Responding to a statement released by Kohler Barnard, that police commissioner Riah Phiyega should apologise for her behaviour at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, Mdoda (@Anele) tweeted: “So the DA is now the police of who laughs for what ??? F**k off please !!!”

Kohler Barnard, the DA spokesperson on police, had released the statement after The Times had reported that Phiyega had laughed and joked as the families of miners killed in the Marikana massacre watched footage of their loved ones being shot.

Mdoda continued to tweet: “@SbuMpungose Rea Phiyega is being accused of laughing during the showing of the Marikana massacre and the DA do what … make a statement!”

After being notified of Mdoda’s tweets by one of her followers, Kohler Barnard responded: “@MariusMR @Anele Obviously you’re a fan because that was her attitude to women crying as they watched film of loved ones killed. She laughed.”

“I find it strange that she’d say something like that,” Kohler Barnard said of Mdoda when speaking to The Witness last night.

“She will now have to explain to her station manager.”

She said she had spoken to Highveld station manager Ravi Naidoo at about 4 pm, and he’d promised to get back to her after going through Mdoda’s tweets. At the time of The Witness’s call around 8.30 pm last night, she said she had not heard from him.

Naidoo said no action would be taken against Mdoda “as Twitter is a personal platform and she is entitled to an opinion”.

“I’ve had a conversation with her, and she has a right to an opinion, which we encourage, but which should also be exercised in a respectful manner,” he said.

Mdoda could not be reached. She did not answer her cellphone, neither did she respond to The Witness’s SMSes and tweets.

People took to Kohler Barnard’s Facebook page to express their support after the incident, with some calling for Mdoda to be removed from the station’s line-up, saying she was “unfit to be on air”.

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