Helen Zille in Twitter storm... again

Western Cape premier Helen Zille is facing a backlash over her Twitter comments on colonialism. Photo: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Denvor de Wee

JOHANNESBURG – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is facing disciplinary charges for tweets about colonialism.

She posted a comment, suggesting some aspects of colonialism weren’t bad.

“The matter has been referred to the party's federal legal commission to establish whether her [Zille's] comments amount for a disciplinary hearing,” said Mabine Seabe, spokesman for DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

Seabi added that Zille's views do not represent the views or position of the DA.

People reacted angrily on social media, with some accusing her of embracing systems of oppression.

Others said she should stay out of the country.

Zille has since apologised for her tweet, claiming it was not a defence of colonial legacy.

Maimane says Zille’s view is not that of the party and adds oppression can never be justified.

In December last year, Zille's comment caused an uproar over a restaurant incident in Western Cape.

Restaurant patron Scott Maqetuka and his friend received their bill, with a note typed “2 blacks” on it.




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