DA leader Helen Zille announces she will not be available for re-election in the party's upcoming annual congress in May. She made the announcement on Sunday, 12 April 2015 in Johannesburg.
CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will, on Saturday, be interviewed by the legal structures of the Democratic Alliance’s federal executive as a first step towards determining if she should face disciplinary charges for her controversial remarks on colonialism.
For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.— Helen Zille (@helenzille) March 16, 2017
“They will then decide whether there is evidence or not to support a disciplinary charge,” the chairman of the party’s federal executive, James Selfe, said.
Selfe said the federal executive would receive a report on the meeting and would then decide whether or not to refer the case to a disciplinary panel.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane instituted a complaint after a storm broke over Zille’s head last week when she questioned on Twitter whether “every aspect of colonialism was bad”.
Zille has apologised for the remarks that were widely condemned, including within the ranks of the party she led before handing the reins to Maimane.
Let's make this clear: Colonialism, like Apartheid, was a system of oppression and subjugation. It can never be justified.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) March 16, 2017
If she were to face disciplinary charges, the outcome of that process would be submitted to the federal executive. It could endorse or alter the recommended sanction.
Zille would have the right to appeal the decision.