Barnard case is not over



August 29, 2016
Barnard case is not over

Dianne Kohler Barnard could face the Equality Court for sharing "hate speech"

Ruling party to take DA MP to court.

The ANC is not done with DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard yet.

The party has filed papers in the Western Cape Equality Court over a post she shared last year on Facebook, according to the Sunday Tribune.

They claim the post insinuated that life in South Africa under apartheid president PW Botha was better than democracy.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe confirmed the court action.

The ANC believes the post constituted hate speech and wants the Durban-based member of Parliament to cough up R500 000 which should then be donated to a charity appointed by the court.

Kohler Barnard referred all queries to the DA.

However, the party was not available to comment.

A DA disciplinary panel earlier recommended she be fined R20 000 and axed from all positions in the party. She was also ordered to attend a social media management course at her own expense.

However, the DA federal executive took a harder line and terminated her membership, which was suspended for five years appeal.

According to the chairman of the DA’s executive federal committee, James Selfe, Kohler Barnard paid the R20 000 fine to an NGO but the money had been rejected.

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