Following attacks reigned on his party due to the racial comments made by its top leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, the troubled leader of the Democratic Alliance has come in defence of his party’s policy saying the policy will not be bent for the benefit of any race in the country.
The leader, who has been up at his best to fix the mess created by his Predicessor, Helen Zill, said while addressing the supporters in Woodlands‚ Pietermaritzburg, during his #Change19, that his stance on his predecessor’s controversial views about the legacy colonialism remains the same and that his party has no sacred cows.
The leader reiterated that Zille’s twitter comment- suggesting that colonialism wasn’t all bad at all- offended him and the entire party and that the party’s federal legal commission (FCL) will charge anyone whose statements are inconsistent with the vision of the DA.
Helen Zille had last week made comments on her titter handle that caused uproar both on social media platforms and in the society. The premier praise colonialism in a series of tweets.
“For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water etc‚” Zille tweeted.
“Would we have had a transition into specialized health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest‚ please‚” she said in a second tweet.
As expected, social network users and the SA society quickly launched their attack on the leader and her party. It was followed by demands from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that the DA must fire the premier to prove they abhor any traces of racial discrimination.
The call echoed one made earlier by the provincial African National Congress.
“We call on the DA to remove Zille from premiership following these comments as they demonstrate that she has no appreciation for our democratic dispensation‚” said EFF national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
“Her apology is meaningless‚ because in essence the comments on colonialism represent her true views and the company she keeps.”
Maimane refused to be drawn into the saga as he confirmed he has reported the case to the FLC for disciplinary action. He said his party wants to focus on building a pact between South Africans of all races who were divided by the country’s apartheid past.
“… Any view that seeks to undermine that pact is a view that is inconsistent with what the DA stands for. That’s why I have a taken deliberate action to say the words of Premier Helen Zille are inconsistent with our party. I have referred her to the disciplinary hearing so that we can get to the fact that it undermines that particular project.
I do not support the views. I do not share the views and we will continue to fight for a South Africa for all‚ a South Africa where all races can stand together going forward,” Maimane said.