The Democratic Alliance has formally charged it’s western Cape premier Helen Zille over her recent colonialism tweets which raised political durst all through the country.
Zille, last month, while returning from a trip to Singapore, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille sent a Tweet that triggered a series of events actions that nearly drowned her party, the DA.
One of her tweets read: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.”
A second tweet reads: “Getting onto an aeroplane now and won’t get onto the wi-fi so that I can cut off those who think every aspect of colonial legacy was bad.”
The party’s leadership who got offended by the comment asked her to appear before the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Federal Legal Commission, saying the comment did not only spark outrage in the country, it also dented the image of the party.
Zille however defended herself saying those who believed the price of colonialism was too high should not drive cars‚ which were colonial left-overs that were used “not only as a means of transport but the ultimate status symbol.
The DA says a series of comments she made following her original tweets on colonialism will form part of the case against her.
Mmusi Maimane who took the issue serious, promising to see to it that she is punished for her comment said he would protect the party and would not tolerate any action or behaviour by any person that seeks to undermine or harm it.
“It is my belief, certainly having read the report, the sessions put before us require further action.” he added as Zille followed in a tweet, saying she would abide by due and fair process of the country and the DA’s constitution, as well as the rule of law.
“Zille formally received her charges this afternoon, she is charged with having broadly brought the party into disrepute and damaging the party.” DA federal chairperson James Selfe confirmed, adding that the party will set a date for a formal hearing following consultation with Zille’s lawyers and that the process might take several months to be completed.
The formal charges against Zille follow an interim report by Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, chairperson of the DA’s federal legal commission, which was completed on March 25.
Breytenbach’s preliminary investigation found that Helen had a case to answer, the report served in front of the federal executive and the executive accepted the report.” said Selfe.