DA Reconciles With Embattled WC Premier Helen Zille
The long war between the Democratic Alliance and it strong foundation member, Helen Zille is over as the party is set to accept her back after she publicly apologises.
Zille whose political was almost destroyed following her controversial remarks about colonialism would be apologising unreservedly to the nation at a media conference in Johannesburg at 10:30 on Tuesday.
Her party the Democratic Alliance also resolved to let her retain her position as premier of the Western Cape, but she will no longer participate in any DA activity.
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Otta Helene Maree known as Helen Zille will address the nation with DA leader Mmusi Maimane by her side.
Zille’s tweets in defence of colonialism had in a great measure strained her relationship with the DA. It also affected the relationship between the Democratic Alliance and the EFF who had earlier warned the party to fire her.
Julius Malema for the EFF asked the DA to ensure that it fires it’s party faithful or risk their support to retain its hold in most of its won metros.
The EFF also warned the party to take actions against Zille to gain their support in cases where its mayors face no-confidence motions in the various councils.
But with the recent decision by the DA’s Federal Executive (FedEx) to settle issues with Helen Zille it is assumed that the party is well aware of the consequences as they were initially warned by the Freedom Fighters (EFF).
The DA leader Mmusi Maimane had earlier noted that the decision against one of its own was not easy
“The charge against Ms Zille is that she has allegedly violated the party’s federal Constitution by acting in a manner which has brought the PARTY into disrepute‚, ” said Maimane.
Zille’s disciplinary hearing started on Friday, 9 June but prior to FedEx decision on her fate, Zille mentioned that she was being punished because she was white.
“Given that so many black South Africans have expressed exactly the same views on the legacy of colonialism as I have (only in more forceful terms) and given that the DA has never raised any concerns about these views‚ let alone repudiated them‚ and has no written policy on the matter‚ I drew the conclusion that a contributing reason to my being charged is the fact that I am not black‚” said Zille as she defended her colonialism comment, saying it was quoted out of context.
Zille rubbished claims that the tweet saga had tarnished the party’s image‚ saying: “The ongoing damage to the party in this matter is of its own doing”.
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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 DA, the matter is about Zille’s standing within the party.