DA formally charges Zille over tweets

Western Cape premier Helen Zille was formally charged yesterday with bringing the DA into disrepute and damaging the party.

DA federal committee chairman James Selfe confirmed that formal charges had been laid regarding Zille’s public views on colonialism‚ News24 reported.

It was reported earlier this month that Zille would face disciplinary action for her tweets about colonialism.

“The charge against Ms Zille is that she has allegedly violated the party’s federal constitution by acting in a manner which has brought the party into disrepute‚” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at the time.

Zille tweeted last month: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water‚ etc.”

In a second tweet, she wrote: “Would we have had a transition into specialised healthcare and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest‚ please.”

Maimane responded in a tweet: “Let’s make this clear: colonialism‚ like apartheid, can never be justified.”

One thought on “DA formally charges Zille over tweets

  • April 13, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Personally I think the DA needs to show discipline and respect is paramount. But they are jumping at opportunities to do this with regards to Zille’s tweets. As far as I am concerned we should be able to debate issues of “was the legacy of colonialism ONLY negative” and not stick our heads in the sand and just say everything about colonialism was bad, punish her, get the whip out. Many of us in South Africa originate from colonial countries and many technologies and methodologies came with those people from those countries with the 1820 settlers etc. Zille had a question “was the legacy of colonialism ONLY negative”?
    If the DA had to find that “ALL things colonial” are bad, such as our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water‚ etc.” then they loose me.


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