ANC calls for snap debate over Zille's colonial tweets

File. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's twitter gaffes continue to make waves. Photo: Dianne Hawker / eNCA

CAPE TOWN - The political fallout over Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s tweets continues.

While the DA is going ahead with a disciplinary hearing into her praising of colonialism, the ANC is demanding a snap debate in the Provincial Legislature.

The party stopped just short of calling for a motion of no confidence, saying it’s the DA’s responsibility to recall her as Premier.

In her latest round of social media gaffes, Zille cited the benefits of colonialism.

READ: Helen Zille in Twitter storm... again

She later apologised - but the damage was done.

“The policy is very clear. Anyone who is commenting on the social media must not violate the values of the party. So if you praise apartheid. If you praise colonialism. That's a direct violation,” said DA Western Cape Leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela.

The ANC now wants Zille to explain herself. They also want to detail why she’s not fit to lead the province.

“We are calling a snap debate, a matter of urgent public importance in the legislature next week, and we hope that even though there isn't a sitting scheduled, that the speaker would understand the importance of this call,” said ANC MPL, Cameron Dugmore.

Zille was in the legislature on Thursday for a budget vote, but she refused to answer questions.

"This is not the place," she said, "but believe me I will respond, but not in this forum."

The DA says its internal procedures must be allowed to run its course to properly investigate Zille's transgressions. 


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