Zille hits cam­paign trail again

ANC scathing as pre­mier acts as ‘or­di­nary party mem­ber’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - QUIN­TON MTYALA

BARELY a month af­ter a teary-eyed apol­ogy to South Africa, for­mer DA leader He­len Zille is back cam­paign­ing for the party.

This is de­spite be­ing re­moved from its lead­er­ship po­si­tions over a se­ries of tweets about colo­nial­ism.

On Satur­day, Zille cam­paigned at a shop­ping mall in Mil­ner­ton to can­vass for votes for a by-elec­tion in ward 4 on Au­gust 2.

Wan­dis­ile Ngeyi is stand­ing as the DA’s can­di­date in a ward which ranges from up­mar­ket ar­eas like Mil­ner­ton and Royal As­cot to low-cost and in­for­mal hous­ing in Joe Slovo.

Last week, Zille cam­paigned for the DA in Een­dekuil, Ber­griv­ier, where a new coun­cil­lor will be elected on Au­gust 23.

Zille tweeted in March, fol­low­ing a trip to Sin­ga­pore, that the legacy of colo­nial­ism was not all bad, jus­ti­fy­ing her­self in a se­ries of tweets be­fore apol­o­gis­ing when DA lead­ers, in­clud­ing Mmusi Maimane, tweeted that colo­nial­ism was like apartheid, and could not be jus­ti­fied.

Zille last month struck a deal with the DA in which she apol­o­gised “un­re­servedly”, and stepped down from all her lead­er­ship po­si­tions in the DA, although she was con­tro­ver­sially al­lowed to re­main as West­ern Cape pre­mier.

DA fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son James Selfe said the DA’s fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive did not have to ap­prove Zille’s cam­paign­ing for the party.

“When He­len Zille is­sued her un­re­served apol­ogy and she stood down from the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive, fed­eral coun­cil and the provin­cial coun­cil, the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive dropped the charges and lifted the sus­pen­sion.

“She is thus free to par­tic­i­pate in party ac­tiv­i­ties as an or­di­nary mem­ber,” said Selfe.

The ward 4 seat was left va­cant af­ter the pre­vi­ous coun­cil­lor, Tando Jafta, was fired from the DA for fail­ing to at­tend coun­cil, sub-coun­cil and port­fo­lio com­mit­tee meet­ings.

ANC chief whip in the City of Cape Town Xolani So­tashe was more scathing, say­ing Zille’s cam­paign­ing for the DA was proof that “racism is in the DNA of the DA”.

Zille did not re­spond to calls for com­ment.


REACH­ING OUT: West­ern Cape Pre­mier He­len Zille cam­paigns for the DA in Cape Town on Satur­day.

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