Forgiven: DA firebrand apologises for swearing

2010-03-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — It took all of 13 seconds for all to be forgiven and forgotten.

The feisty Democratic Alliance MP, Dianne Kohler Barnard, who was suspended from Parliament for five days last month for saying “f***”, has apologised unconditionally for her behaviour in the National Assembly, on the day of President Jacob Zuma’s reply to debate on his state of the nation address.

She stepped up to the microphone and read her apology — three typed lines — which took all of 13 seconds.

“I hereby apologise unconditionally for the completely unacceptable language I used on February 16 in the National Assembly. I retract the word I said unconditionally.”

MPs from opposition parties applauded politely, as did even a few ANC MPs. No one dared to make a snide comment.

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