Why is Helen Zille upbeat about the future of South Africa?

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has written in her weekly commentary about how she has rarely been more optimistic about South Africa, following last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Zille writes about how these events appeared to strengthen accountability, and the country’s status as a constitutional democracy.

Talking to Africa Melane (standing in for John Maytham) on Tuesday, Zille explained why she is optimistic about the future of this country.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Our constitution is working and that is a very big test for any democracy.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

South Africa used to be, under National Party, a parliamentary democracy.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

Parliamentarians have become used to the idea that if they are the majority they can do what they like, but what we learned last week is that they can’t.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

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