CAPE TOWN – Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille will
CAPE TOWN – Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille will
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane is not mincing his words on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s stormy tweet praising
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has turned on her own party‚ saying that the Democratic Alliance risks falling prey to “African racial nationalism”.
The DA then instituted disciplinary proceedings against Zille‚ who has since apologised for offending fellow South Africans.
Helen Zille and the myth of the White Saviour
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.”
PHOTO: 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. File photo
Image by: Trevor Samson/Business Day.
CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who’s at the centre of controversy over a tweet claiming there were positives to colonialism, suggests
CAPE TOWN – Both the African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters have called on the Democratic Alliance to recall Western Cape Premier Helen Zille following
PHOTO: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says his department is making strides in fighting crime against farmers. File picture: Tracey Adams/Independent Media
CAPE TOWN – Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has said the ANC and its government was committed to ensuring safety and security of all including those in the farming constituency.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, Nhleko said farm murders and attacks should be understood within the context of criminality.
He said farm murders and attacks were a cause of concern but they should not be exaggerated to suggest that there was widespread political campaign to kill farmers.
Nhleko said the SAPS crime statistics have been showing a decline in the incidents on the farms in recent years.
He also said the ANC-led government continued to use rural crime strategy to ensure farm communities were safe and secure.
“We are proud of the efforts implemented to reduce crime. The SAPS rural crime strategy is beginning to yield results.”
He said the police were working tirelessly to roll out the strategy in all rural-based police stations.
Nhleko condemned the reckless and inciteful statement made to illegally occupy farm, saying the rule of law must be respected.
“There is value making land a unifier than a threat to social cohesion,” Nhleko said.
Also speaking during the debate, DA’s said the centralisation of the SAPS crime stats undermined ability of police stations to respond to very specific needs of communities.
He said this caused the SAPS’ failure to respond to the policing needs in farm communities
He also aid the inadequate vehicles deprived rapid response and patrolling in farming communities.
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Cape Town – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will face a disciplinary process for her tweets about colonialism, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.
Speaking on 702, following an uproar over the tweets, he distanced himself from them and said they were unacceptable.
Zille had breached the party’s social media policy, he said.
“It has been referred to a disciplinary process. I have come out as a South African and condemned it. The wording is indefensible.”
He said a member who breached the party’s social media policy could be fined, or lose their membership.
Earlier, Zille tweeted: “Getting onto an aeroplane now and won’t get onto the Wi-Fi so that I can cut off those who think EVERY aspect of colonial legacy was bad.”
“For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc,” she wrote.
She later apologised.
DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard’s party membership was terminated at the end of October 2015 after she shared journalist Paul Kirk’s Facebook post.
“Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of these [African National Congress] rogues, and you provided a far better service to the public,” it read.
At a disciplinary hearing, she pleaded guilty to breaching the party’s social media policy and bringing it into disrepute.
Her expulsion was lifted following an appeal. The party decided to keep her in her position until the end of the fifth Parliament, on condition that she not be found guilty of any transgressions during that period.
The assault case against the ANC’s Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs is expected to resume in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Jacobs last month pleaded not guilty to assaulting his policy co-ordinator Wesley Seale in 2015, saying he slapped him after he was confronted.
Seale, however, said he was punched off a chair before being kicked repeatedly while lying on the ground.
During the first day of the trial last month, Seale testified that Jacobs kept on shouting “jy vat my lankal vir ‘n naai [you’ve treated me like a fool for long enough]” after he told him he had not written a report.
The ANC’s national disciplinary committee found Jacobs guilty of assault in April 2016, following an altercation with the former ANC employee at the party’s provincial offices in November 2015.
Jacobs had his party membership suspended for 18 months. The sanction, however, was suspended for three years.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to lead a march to the Department of Social Development in Pretoria on Friday to voice the party’s concern over the ongoing Sassa crisis.
This after the Constitutional Court on Wednesday ordered the department to provide it with answers as to why it is unable to meet the March 31 deadline to insource social grant payments.
The Constitutional Court in 2014 ruled that a contract with the current social grant distributor Cash Payment Systems (CPS) is illegal and ordered the department and the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) to insource the administrative requirements to distribute grants.
In a statement on Monday, DA Shadow Minister of Social Development Bridget Masango said Minister Bathabile Dlamini has evaded accountability over the crisis.
“We will also use every opportunity, inside and outside of Parliament, to make sure this matter is resolved in the interests of 17 million poor and vulnerable South Africans,” Masango said.
“If Dlamini had even an ounce of integrity, she would have resigned for her role in this growing crisis.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the department of social development promised that South Africans would receive their grants come April 1.