DA cel­e­brates as Western Cape pre­mier Helen Zille de­feats ANC's mo­tion of no con­fi­dence

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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