Helen Zille Worked With The ANC During Apartheid Era. How True?


As disclosed by South African businessman, politician, anti-apartheid activist, and former political prisoner, Tokyo Sexwale, the democratic Alliance (DA) former leader Helen Zille was in the trenches with the African National Congress (ANC) during the apartheid regime.

Speaking further during an interview with Power FM, Sexwale disclosed that he had closely worked with Zille before she joined politics. So to him, the controversial DA stalwart “is not just some white woman out there”, because she partook in the struggle when the ANC “mattered”.

He added: “Helen Zille is not just some white woman out there. She worked with us, she worked with me. She was in the ANC.”

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Meanwhile, another struggle icon, who doubles EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu has described Sexwale’s claims as “false”, stating that Zille was never in the camp of the ruling party during white minority rule.

Mpofu thundered:

“What is Sexwale about? How can he claim that DA-Zille was a member of the ANC in underground?”.

Sexwale Could Be Right That Helen Zille Was A Former Member Of The ANC

However, many people reacted by suggesting that Sexwale could be right, arguing that Mpho could not have known Zille during the apartheid regime. More so, the fighters spokesperson also failed to give substantial reasons why Zille was not a former member of the ANC.

Western Cape current mayor is one of the most influential women in South Africa. She was an anti-apartheid activist and was a member of Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups in the 1980s. In the 1986 State of Emergency, Zille’s house was used a s a haven for political activists.

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As an apartheid-era political journalist with the Rand Daily Mail, Zille was part of a group that faulted the apartheid government’s claims that Biko’s death was of “natural cause” after she unearthed that Biko ‘truly’ died after he was brutally handled by the police.

After working tiredlessly, Zille found that Minister of Justice and the police J.T Kruger had lied that Biko died as a result of long hunger strike. This was after she presented substantial evidence from several doctors who were involved in the case. They exposed that Biko’s died as a result of a severe head injury.

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