Outrage over Zille's tweets 'manufactured': DA's Selfe

Johannesburg, 22 December 2016 – Helen Zille, in a tweet, questioned why it was acceptable to racially classify people for jobs. eNCA engaged with DA Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe, on the question. Video: eNCA
Cape Town, 23 December 2016 - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is in hot water yet again over race related remarks made on Twitter. ​ Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has defended Western Cape premier Helen Zille after comments on social media once again caused an uproar.

Zille - referring to the incident at the Bungalow restaurant, said “Why is it ok to racially classify people for jobs, but not to identify people at a table by their race?”. 

The tweet was later deleted.

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She later replied to a tweet with " History tells us that Africans were the first colonialists. They went to Europe and wiped out the Neanderthals." 

This followed an incident last week when restaurant patron Scott Maqetuka and his friend received their bill, with a note typed "2 blacks" on it. 

Zille responded to requests for comment by saying, "It is incomprehensible that this is even a story."

DA Federal Executive Chairperson, Jame Selfe said "there's a difference between outrage and manufactured outrage" when questioned whether the uproar was genuine.


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