Zille’s tweets not DA’s fault

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Rev Maudu Morudu

SEEM­INGLY, the He­len Zille’s colo­nial­ism tweet saga has come to an end.

She has apol­o­gised and the DA has taken a res­o­lu­tion that she is not go­ing to par­tic­i­pate in any de­ci­sion-mak­ing struc­tures of the party but re­tains her po­si­tion as the West­ern Cape pre­mier.

In re­sponse to Zille’s tweet, the EFF leader Julius Malema made it pub­lic that Zille must be re­moved as pre­mier or else the EFF is go­ing to with­draw from coali­tion gov­ern­ment with the DA in metro mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like Tsh­wane.

I re­gard Malema’s re­marks as haz­ardous.

Malema needs to be re­minded that Zille’s colo­nial­ism tweet was ab­so­lutely not a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the DA. Nei­ther the DA nor the West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment del­e­gated her to post that tweet.

It was her sole view and un­for­tu­nately, the en­tire DA had to be painted by her ill-favoured tweet. It can’t be that there must be a di­vorce in the po­lit­i­cal mar­riage be­tween the DA and the EFF in the DA-run metro mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties be­cause of Zille’s tweet.

I must ad­mit it was not an easy move for the EFF to as­sist the DA to un­seat the ANC from run­ning those metro mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Doubt­less, the two par­ties are not like-minded.

Nev­er­the­less, the EFF had to choose the DA which Malema la­belled as “the bet­ter devil”, to fight the com­mon po­lit­i­cal en­emy, the ANC.

Now that the DA has re­solved the Zille colo­nial­ism tweet saga, I guess the EFF will ac­cept that res­o­lu­tion.

It is cru­cial for lead­ers like Malema to know that the in­ter­ests of those they are lead­ing come first. Temba, Ham­man­skraal

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