Mat­ter of fact in The Cit­i­zen

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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.

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