Zille on a path to de­stroy the DA

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Tha­bile Mange

FOR­MER DA leader He­len Zille worked very hard to build the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion party.

Zille in­creased both mem­ber­ship of and voter sup­port for the party.

She also iden­ti­fied young, ca­pa­ble blacks and men­tored them. Mmusi Maimane is one of them.

In­ter­est­ingly, the self-same Zille is now on a path to de­stroy the very party she worked hard to build. She’s di­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion party un­nec­es­sar­ily.

As a re­sult, the for­mer party leader is fast be­com­ing a li­a­bil­ity to the DA.

The Western Cape premier is opin­ion­ated and stub­born at the same time. She also loves Twit­ter. Noth­ing wrong there. How­ever, she has made con­tro­ver­sial tweets that have put her in the spot­light.

Not so long ago, she tweeted that colo­nial­ism was not so bad af­ter all. Most blacks were – and still are – ou­traged by her state­ment.

She ten­dered an apol­ogy but con­tin­ued to de­fend and jus­tify her com­ment. Last week, the DA sus­pended her from party ac­tiv­i­ties for vi­o­lat­ing its so­cial me­dia pol­icy. How­ever, she re­tains her premier po­si­tion pend­ing the dis­ci­plinary out­come.

Should Zille sur­vive this one, the party will­have cre­ated a mon­ster. And it will come back to bite them.

Zille should have re­signed from ac­tive pol­i­tics when she stepped down as party leader. Joburg

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