DA celebrates as Western Cape premier Helen Zille defeats ANC's motion of no confidence
CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape found itself alone as fellow opposition parties ganged up with the ruling DA to paint it as a failed party as the provincial legislature debated a motion of no confidence against Premier Helen Zille.
Instead‚ the legislature ended up resolving to pass a motion of confidence in Zille. Members of the DA stood up cheering‚ clapping and shouting “Zille‚ Zille‚ Zille!“
ANC leader Khaya Magaxa had filed the motion in June after Zille was suspended by her party.
His reasons were that both the DA and Western Cape voters had lost confidence in Zille.
But Magaxa was absent from the house‚ prompting the DA to say the ANC did not treat the motion seriously. Affordable housing activists launch fresh battle with Zille's government
Ferlon Christmas‚ an MPL from the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)‚ said he could not support the ANC’s motion. And although the EFF’s Bernard Joseph attacked Zille for her colonialism tweets‚ saying he wasn’t surprised‚ he later said the ANC was corrupt and “President Jacob Zuma should fall.” ANC MPL Cameron Dugmore had led the charge against Zille‚ saying they expected a premier to unite the residents of the province and right the injustices of the past. “In essence the DA‚ under the leadership of Zille‚ has trampled on the very victims of colonialism right here where colonialism started‚” said Dugmore.
ANC MPL Richard Dyantyi started by thanking Zille for her role in helping ANC leaders escape apartheid police but then insinuated that she may have cooperated with security police. He said Africans and many others who stood with them never saw any positives in colonialism. “In this case‚ Madam Zille‚ the premier that was‚ you are very far from the victims of colonialism and apartheid. You are closer to the oppressors of our people‚” he said.
MOTION MOVER: Western Cape premier Helen Zille.