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Kohler Barnard shown the door

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Two MPs have been kicked out of the Democratic Alliance following a meeting by the party’s Federal Executive on Friday evening to discuss internal matters.

Dianne Kohler Barnard and Juanita Terblanche had their membership to the party terminated, national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said.

Former shadow minister of police, Kohler Barnard’s membership was terminated over a social media post she made praising former apartheid president PW Botha.

She shared a Facebook post from journalist Paul Kirk, which read: “Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of these [African National Congress] rogues, and you provided a far better service to the public”.

In September, Kohler Barnard pleaded guilty to misconduct, bringing the party into disrepute and not abiding by the party’s social media policy.

Kohler Barnard has since apologised for sharing the post.

The decision to terminate Terblance’s membership was linked to the MP’s misappropriation of party funds in the North West, which is her constituency, Van Damme said.

“It’s a matter that has been on-going since 2010. There have been successive appeals and today (Friday) the decision was made by the Federal Executive to terminate her membership.”

Both women had the option to appeal the decision, she said. It was not immediately clear whether they intended to.

The meeting began at 17:00 and ended around 21:00 on Friday. News24

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