The Democratic Alliance’s Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, has apologised for sharing a Facebook post on her timeline, which contained controversial remarks about PW Botha.
I apologise unreservedly for sharing a post on FB in the midst of which the author praised PW Botha.I erased it immediately I realised.— Dianne KohlerBarnard (@DKB20) October 1, 2015
The DA MP said she shared a Facebook status by Paul Kirk two weeks ago without fully reading the content.
PW Botha then became a top trending topic on Twitter, with many expressing outrage over the wishes to resurrect the former prime minister.
Barnard said she does not share Kirk's sentiments about PW Botha and was only supporting the views with regards to Johan Booysen.
It was an error. I apologise again, for sharing this man's post on Facebook. I don't know who shared it on Twitter. But whoever reads it must know that I would never endorse such a thing in my life.— Dianne Kohler Barnard, DA Shadow Minister of Police
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The post claimed during Botha’s reign, education, health and the police service were better than they are now.
Party leader Mmusi Maimane, called the post ‘indefensible’ and former DA leader Helen Zille has also slammed her justification.
The post by @DKB20 is indefensible. She has withdrawn it and apologized. now our internal disciplinary processes will be dealing with this.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) October 1, 2015
@DKB20 Please withdraw that post and apologise unconditionally. It is indefensible, even if you missed the P W Botha bit.— Helen Zille (@helenzille) October 1, 2015