Oh Dear – Helen Zille Under Serious Fire For Colonialism Tweets
Story from: 2oceansvibe.com
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is set to face a disciplinary hearing regarding her string of tweets from this morning, with Mmusi Maimane saying they were unacceptable.
He added that she had breached the party’s social media policy, and it’s not hard to see why he feels that way.
The problems started just before 8:30AM, and it was three tweets over the period of 50 minutes that really stirred the pot.
From Zille’s account:
As you can imagine the outcry was immediate, which led to an apology:
That apology didn’t suffice, with News24 covering Maimane’s reaction:
“It has been referred to a disciplinary process. I have come out as a South African and condemned it. The wording is indefensible.”
He said a member who breached the party’s social media policy could be fined, or lose their membership.
Zille also then retweeted Maimane:
True that – it really isn’t a good look.
Maimane wasn’t the only DA member who was unimpressed, with this below from TimesLive:
Mbali Ntuli‚ the party’s former youth leader and current MPL at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature‚ was the first prominent DA leader to call Zille out.
“It was ONLY negative!!Colonialism=development argument is trash as those subjugated can attest to (sic)‚” she tweeted in reply to Zille.
“It’s like saying Nazism was good for German democracy and their advancements in technology‚” added Ntuli.
The ANC were also quick to criticise:
Zille’s comments also triggered an angry response from the ANC.
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said Zille seemed to be channelling Hendrik Verwoerd‚ who has largely been referred to as the architect of apartheid.
“For us it is not shocking that a leader of the Democratic Alliance could make such absurd statements‚ glorify colonialism‚” said Kodwa.
No doubt there will be plenty to come on this front, with political parties scrambling to capitalise on this really poor effort from the Premier.
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