Matter of fact in The Citizen
On Monday, 23 December, The Citizen reported that DA Federal Council chairperson Helen Zille had stated “colonialism was the greatest thing ever to happen to South Africa”. This was incorrect.
On 16 March, 2017, Zille in fact tweeted: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water, etc”. This was followed by another on 5 April, 2019, in which Zille said; “Colonnialism [sic] was TERRIBLE. But its LEGACY is not ONLY negative. If you can’t tell the difference between those two statements, I feel sorry for you.”
Furthermore, our article had stated that Zille said: “Eastern Cape residents in the Western Cape were illegal migrants.”
This was also incorrect, and was based on a tweet in which Zille had referred to pupils moving from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape as education refugees.
Her original tweet had read: “While ECape education collapsed, WC built 30 schools – 22 new, 8 replacement mainly 4 ECape edu refugees. 26 MORE new schools coming.”
The Citizen regrets these errors and apologises for any embarrassment caused.