Zille says the DA is copying the ANC’s racial agenda

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has turned on her own party‚ saying that the Democratic Alliance risks falling prey to “African racial nationalism”.

Zille‚ former leader of the DA‚ caused a storm last week after she suggested on Twitter that colonialism had contributed positively to modern South Africa.

The DA then instituted disciplinary proceedings against Zille‚ who has since apologised for offending fellow South Africans.

But on Monday Zille fought back in a column published by news website Daily Maverick.

“‘Speaking while white’ is considered the ultimate sin‚ in terms of the increasingly popular ideology called ‘critical race theory’‚” Zille said.

“The real danger is that the DA‚ in its quest for votes‚ may start to swallow every tenet‚ myth and shibboleth of African racial-nationalist propaganda‚ including the scape-goating of minorities‚ populist mobilisation and political patronage.”

Zille is currently being investigated by her party and might face charges after she tweeted on Thursday: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water etc.”

A second tweet read: “Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest‚ please.”

The tweets drew wide-ranging criticism.

Members of her own party‚ including DA leader Mmusi Maimane‚ distanced themselves from Zille’s remarks.

In her column this week‚ the former DA leader said South Africans paid lip service to equal citizenship and that every opinion was judged on the basis of the colour of the person who expressed it.

She said institutionalised corruption would be next.

“If this were to happen‚ it will be irrelevant whether we win or lose elections‚ because we will no longer offer an alternative. That is why these debates are not a diversion. It is essential to have them‚” she added.

Zille said her tweets had been inspired by a trip to Singapore‚ where she had witnessed how former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had “generally used the legacy of colonialism to his advantage”.

“While travel broadens the mind‚ I tend to forget that‚ on returning to South Africa‚ it is best to shrink your mind again to fit the contours of political correctness. Especially if you are white.”

5 thoughts on “Zille says the DA is copying the ANC’s racial agenda

  • March 21, 2017 at 11:59 am
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    We are in real danger of not allowing any critical comment at all without being seen to be anti-black or anti-white. The whole World revolves on constructive debate, without it we could never move forward. Too many trolls commenting with hidden Political propaganda agendas.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm
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      Freedom of speech means nothing, when the audience is so neurotic and defensive, and when one may only say whatever is in line with the current brainwashing strategies.
      The news media, who are normally the first to cry foul when something they utter is attacked, foolishly swallow the ANC’s very dangerous blaming game.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm
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    Re:Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has turned on her own party‚ saying that the Democratic Alliance risks falling prey to “African racial nationalism”.

    Ouch! What an extrapolation!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:15 am
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    Ja!! it would appear that if you are “white” and you voice your opinion on any thing(especially if in a political party) then you are racists or against something or still trying to keep “someone” back. so often what is really being said is not what people think is being said and the comments are taken out of context. we should all really grow up and get off that ” people are out to get me” attitude.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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      This is either the cleverest little media spin by the DA ever, or Zilla for once, allowed an emotional utterance to escape, which, whilst it holds absolute truths, in the current fanatical political climate is career suicide. The furore is typical of a populist and uneducated masse, whilst literal and technical facts provide inescapable truths that support her statement – just like World War 2 – it wasn’t right or good, but jeez did it not set industrialisation alight? Human kinds development has always taken a few steps back before moving forward, and along the way we have broken, pillaged, raped, murdered, enslaved and eroded entire civilisations for some apparent greater purpose. It is in our blueprint, and for those pioneers always will be,as we look to colonise alternative planets for future expansion or survival. To discredit the pioneers/colonial scum (depending on your angle) of the past few centuries is to turn a blind eye to those millions of humans who lost their dignity and lives through man’s never ending pursuit of growth and power.

      But cudos to the DA if they have played this card, coz Zille was out anyway, and Miamane might just become the DA saviour and capture the hearts of the black majority, when he lays down the law and fires her. Come 2019, he may well become the new pioneer for civil rights, for the poor masses that the ANC has forgotten.

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