The Fighters (EFF) rejected Ms Helen Zille’s apology for her “offensive” colonial tweets charging the Democratic Alliance (DA) party to remove her from her office as the Premier of Western Cape.
Malema’s party upheld that Zille’s tweets were unconstitutional, racist and anti-black.
To the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Western Cape Premier’s apology can’t be accepted as she only apologized because her colonial comments offended South Africans.
“After taking to twitter to argue that ‘aspects of colonialism were not bad’, Zille apologized for what she says is a ‘hurt’ her comments may have caused.
“This means she apologizes not because she thinks her idea that some aspect of colonialism were not bad is wrong, but that this view (offended) others,” EFF stated.
With that, the Fighters demanded of the DA to remove Ms Zille as the Premier of Western Cape. Her comments, EFF said, indicated that she has no appreciation for South Africa’s democratic dispensation.
“She has proven that she cannot be entrusted with public office, in defense of our constitution. No one, from a public office of our hard-won constitutional democratic state must be allowed to freely express such cold-hearted racism.
Her apology is meaningless, because in essence the comments on colonialism represent her true views and the company she keeps.
It is a fact that many racist white people sit on dinner tables when black people are not there and express their cold-hearted racism; this is what Helen Zille truly is; a cold-hearted racist who believes that colonialism, which was crime against humanity of black people, is not a bad thing.”
Afterwards, EFF tasked the DA to demonstrate its commitment to anti-racism and remove Zille from office.
She holds serious responsibility and power, presiding over many black people’s lives. She must be removed in the name of the democratic order she has insulted and undermined,” EFF contended.
The African National Congress (ANC) expressed similar sentiment saying they were appalled but not surprised by the “social media pro colonialism rant” of the DA member.
ANC asserted that Helen Zille’s colonial comments “are nothing short of the type of posture you would expect from a colonial apologist.”
The ruling party said it’s deeply “saddening and troubling” that South Africa still have leaders who on “one side swear by the very Constitution of the Republic of South Africa yet on the other still harbor such deep-seated views that venerate in whatever degree the unjust system of exploitation, subjugation and oppression as colonialism was and continues to be.”
ANC added that “the condescending view by Zille” among other things, exposed her disregard for universal human rights, undermines efforts at social cohesion and, is “a threat to the strides that have been made in the last two decades to foster a society founded on human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms. “
Based on the foregoing, ANC demanded of the DA to recall Ms Zille if it is truly committed to building a non-racial, non-sexist and equal society. And, if it is honest about acknowledging colonialism and apartheid systems as crime against humanity.
“…Nothing short of recalling Hellen Zille will send a more stronger message that there is no place in democratic South Africa for leaders that are apologists for such cruel and unjust systems whose long-term effect continue to hold our people back to this day,” ANC upheld.
Meanwhile, the leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane has already referred Helen Zille’s colonial comments to the Federal Legal Commission for investigations.
Maimane distanced himself and the DA from Zille’s colonial comments saying they were unacceptable. He stressed that colonialism is like apartheid and, that both can never be justified as they were all about oppression and subjugation.