Her Fate As Western Cape Premier Has Been Decided
The Democratic Alliance (DA) party issued a statement affirming that Helen Zille, the Western Cape Premier has been officially suspended from the party.
According to DA, its Federal Executive (FedEx) decided by an overwhelming majority to officially suspend the Western Cape Premier from party related activities until when her disciplinary hearing is concluded.
The suspension was over Ms Zille’s colonial tweets and, the suspension is effective immediately.
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From our gatherings, it was the DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane who proposed to the FedEx that Ms Zille be served a notice of suspension.
In the notice, the Western Cape Premier was afforded 72 hours to justify why she shouldn’t be suspended.
After hearing Ms Zille’s argument, the FedEx officially decided to suspend her. DA said:
“The Federal Executive agreed that Ms Zille’s social media commentary and public utterances in connection with colonialism breaks down public trust, stunts South Africa’s reconciliation imperative, and undermines our political project.
There is no question that Ms Zille’s original tweets and subsequent justifications have damaged our standing in the public mind. 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.
As a former leader and as a member of the Federal Executive, Ms Zille has a special duty of care to protect the party’s interests and promote the party’s mission, which is to build a non-racial, inclusive democracy. Ms Zille’s statements are at variance with this.
Mr Maimane has pursued every avenue to resolve this matter. All of his previous good faith attempts have thus far been to no avail. Mr Maimane has asked Ms Zille to issue a full apology for her actions and has sought to find a solution to this matter.
In every effort he has made, Ms Zille has refused to take the appropriate action necessary to resolve this unfortunate and damaging matter. Her ongoing communication on this issue has continued to cause damage to the party.”
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Helen Zille’s Fate As Western Cape Premier
With the foregoing, DA disclosed that Zille’s disciplinary hearing will commence on Friday, 9 June 2017.
Also, it was specified that Ms Zille will continue her government role as Premier of the Western Cape.
The decision for Zille to remain Premier was justified thus: “There is a separation between party and state, and this suspension does not affect her government role. “
To the party, the matter is about Zille’s standing within the DA.