Talks about Helen Zille colonial tweets have been on the news for a while. Now, BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that the Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Executive (FedEx) has agreed to punish the Western Cape Premier for what she tweeted.
As learnt, the DA Federal Executive has decided to charge the former leader of the Democratic Alliance. DA’s present leader Mumsi Maimane confirmed this after a sitting of the Federal Executive in Cape Town.
During a press conference, Maimane who was with other DA leaders like James Selfe – Chairperson the DA’s Federal Executive – and Phumzile Van Damme – DA National Spokesperson – announced that the DA will institute a formal disciplinary action against Helen Zille. He indicated that the move is in line with the recommendations of the party’s Federal Legal Commission (FLC)
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Maimane explained that DA’s FLC found that Ms Zille violated the party’s Federal Constitution. Helen Zille colonial tweets, he buttressed, was an action that brought the party into disrepute. Thus, it’s necessary to institute a formal disciplinary hearing in order to come to a finding.
The DA leader related that he referred Ms Zille to the Federal Legal Commission on 16 March 2017 for investigation in order for the body to determine whether the public assertions by Ms Zille amounted to prima facie evidence of misconduct in terms the Federal Constitution.
Reporting back to the FedEx, the FLC confirmed that there is a case for Ms Zille to answer. As such, the FedEx decided to proceed with disciplinary action.
“This has not been an easy decision to take. Ms Zille is a former leader of the Democratic Alliance and the Premier of the Western Cape. She has contributed immensely to the growth and success of the DA over the past decade.
“In the course of her life, she has consistently fought oppression and discrimination. However, my job as the Leader of the DA is to grow our party and advance our project of building a non-racial, prosperous democracy.
“Nothing is more important than this project, and no one is bigger than it. I must protect this project, and cannot tolerate any action or behaviour by any person which undermines or harms it. It is my belief that Ms Zille’s assertions did just that, and therefore require action,” stated the DA leader.
Afterwards, Maimane clarified that the matter isn’t strictly confined to Helen Zille colonial tweets.
“Since then,” he said, “the matter has developed further. Therefore the initial referral was supplemented on 22 March 2017 to include reference to a series of comments made publicly and on social media that have…exacerbated and amplified the original tweet.
“In particular, the FLC will now determine if Ms Zille has breached the following provision of the DA’s Federal Constitution:
- Publicly opposes the Party’s principles or repeatedly opposes published party policies, except in or through the appropriate Party structures;
- Deliberately acts in a way which impacts negatively on the image or performance of the Party;
- Brings the good name of the Party into disrepute or harms the interests of the Party.”
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Thereafter, Maimane expressed that he has confidence in the independence and institutional strength of DA’s internal structures.
“…We await the outcome arrived at by the disciplinary action – whatever that may be. The Democratic Alliance is a party committed to due process and the rule of law.
“That means everyone is equal before the party’s constitution, and it means that in every case, due process will be followed. This naturally places some limitations on what can be said about the details of the case in public.
“The FLC is not a body controlled by me or anyone in the DA. It is a panel of independently-minded, legally qualified individuals, who must hear the evidence and make a decision.
“Notwithstanding this internal matter, I would like to make it abundantly clear that the DA remains resolute in our mission towards 2019,” added Maimane.
Above all, the DA leader asserted that the DA’s mission is clear. “We seek to bring all South Africans together behind the vision of a united, non-racial future, under the Constitution, with a growing economy,” he proclaimed.