Warren Mabona
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26 Oct 2015
7:18 am

DA’s Dianne hears her fate this week

Warren Mabona

The future of suspended DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard will be decided at a hearing to be held next weekend.

Dianne Kohler Barnard. (File Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Danielle Karallis)

The DA suspended Kohler Barnard early this month after she shared a Facebook message posted by journalist Paul Kirk, in which he praised former apartheid government president PW Botha.

She was charged with contravening the DA’s social media policy and later appeared before the DA’s federal legal commission, chaired by Glynnis Breytenbach. DA leader Mmusi Maimane yesterday told The Citizen the federal executive council would receive a report from the federal legal commission at a hearing on Friday.

He would not comment on the possible sanction against Kohler Barnard, if she is found guilty.

“The report will come to our federal council but I can’t talk about this matter,” said Maimane. DA spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said earlier this month that sanctions for such an offence, if found guilty, included expulsion from the party, a fine and community service.

In the post, Kirk said: “And so the new head of the Hawks – found to be without intergrity and dishonest by the High Court – has suspended ace detective Johan Booysen over a typing error. This is a bloody circus. Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of the ANC rogues and you provided far better services to the public – we had a functioning education, functioning health system and the police did not murder miners on behalf of governement toadies as they do now.”

Kohler Barnard has since apologised publicly to the party, saying she had made a “big mistake” by sharing the post.

She said she had shared many posts of Kirk in the past, adding she did not know he was a fan of Botha. Attempts to contact Kohler Barnard yesterday drew a blank as her phone rang unanswered.

– warren@citizen.co.za