Western Cape ANC calls on DA to fire Zille

The Mercury - - NEWS - Mary Jane Mphahlele

THE ANC in the Western Cape has called on the DA to fire Premier Helen Zille fol­low­ing the find­ings of the public pro­tec­tor on her con­tro­ver­sial tweets on colo­nial­ism.

Public Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane found that Zille’s tweets about colo­nial­ism vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion as they amounted to an in­cite­ment of im­mi­nent vi­o­lence. In a tweet last year, Zille ig­nited out­rage on so­cial me­dia when she de­fended cer­tain as­pects of colo­nial­ism.

Western Cape ANC act­ing chair­per­son Khaya Ma­gaxa said: “Premier Zille is drag­ging the name of this prov­ince through the mud, con­sis­tently. I think what we are ex­pect­ing the DA to do is fire Zille.

“There are a lot of ca­pa­ble women and men in the DA who can do bet­ter and save the DA and the prov­ince from fur­ther de­gen­er­a­tion.

“Her tweets have im­pacted on the racial re­la­tions in the prov­ince. There have been… racial at­tacks since we started this term,” said Ma­gaxa.

On the calls from the op­po­si­tion to re­move her, Zille de­clined to com­ment and said the DA would be the right peo­ple to pro­vide an­swers. She ac­cused the ANC of run­ning a cam­paign to di­vide South Africans on the is­sue of race.

“The only thing the ANC has left is to sow racial di­vi­sion.

“They know if they turn white peo­ple into the en­emy, then they will win elec­tions. For­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela also talked about the legacy of colo­nial­ism,” said Zille.

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