Helen Zille is a South African politician and the current Premier of the Western Cape. She started off as a political journalist and was strongly against the apartheid movement. A key time in her career was in 1977; when she widely exposed the circumstances behind Steve Biko’s death.
Helen was born on the 9th of March 1951 in Johannesburg. She attended secondary school at the St Mary’s School, before moving on to the University of the Witwatersrand; where she graduated in Bachelor of Arts.
She got married to a professor by the name; Johann Maree, and they both have two children between them.
In 1989, Helen formed a public policy consultancy; which led to the offer of the position of Director of Development and Public Affairs at the University of Cape Town in 1993 presented to her.
Zille’s political career started in the 1990’s; when she joined the Democratic Party. In the 1999 general election Helen Zille was elected to the provincial parliament and appointed Member of Executive Council for education (a position she had till 2004).
From 2004 – 2006, Zille was a Member of Parliament under the Democratic Alliance and from 2006 – 2009, Zille was the Mayor of Cape Town. She won the World Mayor of the year in 2008, coming out number one out of eight hundred and twenty individuals.
Within the DA, her work and achievements saw her rise to the level of deputy federal chairperson and she also served as the national party spokesperson. On the 6th of May 2007, Zille was elected as the new leader of the DA party and she led the party while maintaining her position as the executive mayor of Cape Town.
In 2009, Zille was elected as the Premier of Western Cape (a position she currently holds). Under Zille’s leadership, the DA won over 58% of the votes and 26 seats in the Western Cape provincial legislature; during the 2014 general election.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a political party in South Africa. The DA is a party which consists of various individuals from various parties and movement coming together to achieve the goal of; One Nation with One Future underpinned by Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for All South Africans.
The DA is currently the opposition party to the governing party (ANC); under the leadership of Mmusi Maimane. The DA is the only party to have grown in voters share in every national election held since 1994 and the party gains support from all main population groups in South Africa.