DA suspends ex-leader Zille after colonialism tweet

File Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has been suspended from the DA over her controversial tweets

Zille has also confirmed that, amid the drama-filled interaction between her and the executive council, federal executive chairperson James Selfe had in fact written her a letter giving her until June 6 to make representations.

But soon after the announcement Zille hit back saying that it was not true that she had not apologised and that her suspension did not comply with the requirements of section 3.6.3 of the DA's federal constitution, which required that she be given time to make representations on the matter.

He added that Zille had referred to the wrong chapter of the party constitution, which dealt with suspension of membership. Despite the investigation against her, she has continued to say colonialism was not only bad.

Ms Zille said there were conflicting statements from party leaders about whether she was suspended, and that the party has no right to find her guilty before the disciplinary hearing.

Fikeni says that by suspending Zille, Maimane has shown that he is no-one's puppet. Reasons stated by Maimane for the party's federal executive to suspend Zille was not the full story, she said. It is feared they have affected the party's electoral chances. I am obviously prepared to face a full disciplinary hearing.

In one of the tweets, Zille intimated that the transition into specialized healthcare and medication in South Africa may not have been possible without colonialism, remarks that didn't do well with a lot of native South Africans, including members of her own party.


Ms Zille's views and statements on colonialism are views I do not support, and I believe without doubt undermine the reconciliation project.

"We live in a fragile democracy, which means our public representatives must, at all times, be sensitive to the legitimate anger that people still feel about our past and its legacy", Mr Maimane said in a statement.

He said that Zille had declined to apologise to the country.

The latest statement comes after Zille accused the party of bullying her into incriminating herself or resigning on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa held its first all-race elections after the end of white minority rule in 1994.

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