PW Botha post was incredibly stupid - DA MP

2015-10-01 11:02
DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard. (File, Netwerk24)

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard. (File, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard has described her sharing a Facebook post praising apartheid leader PW Botha as "incredibly stupid".

However, she said she missed the sentiments made about PW Botha in the middle of the post when she shared it.

"I was sharing many posts about the Johan Booysen matter and his latest suspension and I shared many, many posts by the journalist Paul Kirk," she told News24.

"He always goes on quite a bit about Johan Booysen [and] I shared it."

Kohler Barnard said that within a few hours she got a message from her KwaZulu-Natal leader who pointed out what was in the middle of the post.

She said she immediately erased it and apologised to him.

"Nothing more was said on Facebook and now two weeks later someone has chosen to share it on Twitter.

"I have no idea who would choose to share it via Twitter."

The outspoken DA MP said she had apologised on Twitter and would continue to apologise for sharing the post.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Kohler Barnard would face internal disciplinary procedures and would be given the chance to explain her side of the story.

He also distanced the party from the post saying it did not support any views praising PW Botha.

Kohler Barnard acknowledged that she would have to face disciplinary action.

"This is what happens when anybody does something incredibly stupid like I have done, or makes an error or does it intentionally or whatever," she said.

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