The DA has reported DA Western Cape premier Helen Zille to the party’s federal legal commission over her comments suggesting colonialism was not all bad.
Chairman of the DA’s federal council, James Selfe, said the party had referred Zille’s tweet to the federal legal commission to “establish whether it has transgressed the DA’s social media policy and if there can be disciplinary measures towards her”.
“We trust that the legal commission will act quickly,” Selfe said.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane told talk radio 702 that Zille would face a disciplinary process.
This will be the first time that the DA has formally taken Zille to task over remarks she has made on social media.
Zille is known for her provocative tweets which have often raised the ire of many black South Africans on Twitter.
“At this point in time‚ I want to highlight that this matter has been referred to our own internal disciplinary process that will seek to investigate that particular matter‚” said Maimane.
When asked if he wanted to direct a comment to Zille he declined citing the investigation.
“It’s incumbent on all of us as South Africans‚ if we want to build a South Africa for all – black‚ white‚ Indian and coloured – we need to all come around and understand the history and pain of all South Africans‚” he said.
Maimane said her tweets amounted to a breach of the DA’s social media policy‚ hence it was referred for an investigation by the party’s legal commission.
Zille caused an uproar on social media this morning when she tweeted “For those claiming that colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water, etc.”.
This caused a backlash, among them her fellow DA colleagues such as former DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli. Party leader Mmusi Maimane and national spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme also differed, tweeting that colonialism could never be justified.
Zille has since apologised for her comment.
“For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water etc‚” Zille said on Twitter on Thursday.
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