Helen Zille suspended; refuses to apologise for comments


South African leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille attends the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town on February 12, 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has suspended Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Zille has been under investigation for a series of controversial tweets on colonialism.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said a notice of suspension will be served on Zille.


She is suspended from all party activities pending the outcome of a disciplinary process.

Maimane said he asked Zille to tender an unreserved apology but she declined.