Helen Zille's DA membership could be terminated if found guilty - columnist

The Democratic Alliance has charged Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for allegedly violating the party’s federal constitution by acting in a manner which brought the party into disrepute.

Business Day columnist, Gareth van Onselen, says the DA could fine Zille or terminate her DA membership if found guilty.

Zille received backlash from the public and other DA leaders last month when she tweeted that colonialism was not only negative.

Read: Mmusi Maimane slams Zille's "indefensible" colonial tweet

If they terminate her membership it means she will removed as premier of the Western Cape. But there will be a significant backlash from the people who support her. It will cost the DA some capital.

Gareth van Onselen, Business Day columnist

If not found guilty, there will be a backlash from the public and media. There is a wide spread of belief among them that there has to be some punishment for what she said.

Gareth van Onselen, Business Day columnist

Also read: Eusebius McKaizer declares Helen Zille's apology feeble

Listen to the audio below for more analysis and predictions...


This article first appeared on 702 : Helen Zille's DA membership could be terminated if found guilty - columnist


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
DA: Parly Speaker has powers to halt no confidence debate until ConCourt ruling

DA: Parly Speaker has powers to halt no confidence debate until ConCourt ruling

The DA says Parliament is able to reschedule the motion of no confidence, until the ConCourt rules on the secret ballot matter.

Hawks boss Ntlemeza dismissed amid appeal process

Hawks boss Ntlemeza dismissed amid appeal process

Courts have ordered embattled Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza to be fired from the job while he appeals an earlier court judgement.

Beware ANC threats don't lead to authoritarian tendencies, warns expert

Beware ANC threats don't lead to authoritarian tendencies, warns expert

Governance expert Gareth Newham unpacks implications of political threats and violence amid calls for President Zuma to resign.

Threat alert led to Maimane donning bulletproof vest at anti-Zuma march

Threat alert led to Maimane donning bulletproof vest at anti-Zuma march

DA spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe told EWN's Masa Kekana that the party had received threats against Maimane and DA demonstrators.

One man cannot hold us hostage - Mmusi Maimane

One man cannot hold us hostage - Mmusi Maimane

The DA will be marching against President Jacob Zuma and his recent Cabinet reshuffle on Friday 7 April.

OPINION: Dololo #BlackMonday, dololo mass mobilisation

OPINION: Dololo #BlackMonday, dololo mass mobilisation

Social activist Carla Bernardo shares her views on why Facebook events and Twitter hashtags are not enough to tackle injustice.

The DA to go ahead with its march on Luthuli House on Friday

The DA to go ahead with its march on Luthuli House on Friday

The opposition party is lobbying African National Congress MPs to vote in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

Disciplinary process against Zille set in motion

Disciplinary process against Zille set in motion

The DA's James Selfe has confirmed that the party has instituted a disciplinary process against its former leader, Helen Zille.

Maimane: If no confidence vote succeeds, Zuma's new Cabinet 'nullified'

Maimane: If no confidence vote succeeds, Zuma's new Cabinet 'nullified'

DA's Maimane says that he's already received calls from some ANC members of Parliament, promising to vote against President Zuma.

DA launches court bid to block swearing in of new Cabinet ministers

DA launches court bid to block swearing in of new Cabinet ministers

The DA says it will urgently interdict the swearing-in of President Jacob Zuma’s new Ministers after a massive Cabinet reshuffle.

Zille's hearing on colonialism tweets disrupted by MPLs

Zille's hearing on colonialism tweets disrupted by MPLs

EWN Xolani Koyana says a heated exchange between Speaker Fernandez and EFF supporters ensued in the gallery.

Analysis: 'Weak' political parties with strong leaders

Analysis: 'Weak' political parties with strong leaders

Political analysts look at MPs with a stronger political presence than their parties and assess a number of key SA politicians.

Zille's tweet has history buffs refuting dominant colonial narrative

Zille's tweet has history buffs refuting dominant colonial narrative

Historians show how so-called medical advancements brought to Africa during colonialism were not all they were cracked up to be.

'At the very least DA must remove Zille of her Premiership'

'At the very least DA must remove Zille of her Premiership'

Political analyst Steven Friedman says the former DA leader who brought substantial growth to the party may now be a liability.

Max Du Preez says Zille has no option but to resign

Max Du Preez says Zille has no option but to resign

Zille is currently facing a disciplinary charge following a controversial tweet stating colonialism was beneficial.

[CARTOON] What a Twit

[CARTOON] What a Twit

EWN's Avi & Curtis sum up what most South Africans felt after Western Cape premier and DA member Helen Zille's unfortunate tweet.

Opinion: DA must sanction Zille if it wants to be taken seriously

Opinion: DA must sanction Zille if it wants to be taken seriously

Helen Zille has been criticised for her tweet on how people benefited from colonialism, including her own colleagues in the DA .

DA will have to sack Zille - analyst

DA will have to sack Zille - analyst

The Western Cape Premier said the legacy of colonialism was not only negative in a number of tweets on Thursday.

DA's interim WC leader says he will address Helen Zille on her colonial tweet

DA's interim WC leader says he will address Helen Zille on her colonial tweet

Democratic Alliance's Bonginkosi Madikizela stated that he can't pronounce on whether Zille will be recalled or not.

Opinion: The DA must reflect on Zille's impact

Opinion: The DA must reflect on Zille's impact

Afternoon Drive host Redi Tlhabi says Helen Zille no longer wields the same political power in the DA and is clearly out of touch.

Opinion: Eusebius McKaizer declares Helen Zille's apology feeble

Opinion: Eusebius McKaizer declares Helen Zille's apology feeble

The talk show host believes Western Cape premier failed to acknowledge that she defended colonialism in her tweet on Thursday.

LISTEN: Mmusi Maimane slams Zille's "indefensible" colonial tweet

LISTEN: Mmusi Maimane slams Zille's "indefensible" colonial tweet

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader says he has referred the Western Cape premier's comments for investigation.

Are there double standards in response to #VelaphiKhumalo 'racist' comments?

Are there double standards in response to #VelaphiKhumalo 'racist' comments?

Government official, Velaphi Khumalo took to Facebook calling on black people to ‘do to white people what Hitler did to the Jews’.

Dianne Kohler Barnard apologises for reposting PW Botha comments

Dianne Kohler Barnard apologises for reposting PW Botha comments

Dianne Kohler Barnard has apologised for sharing a controversial Facebook post on her profile without apparently reading the entire text.

What could account for the high cost of the cinema experience

What could account for the high cost of the cinema experience

Ster Kinekor's Doug Place says movie ticket fees in SA are the cheapest in the world, despite customer complaints about the prices

Comment by John Robbie on Protecting The President

Comment by John Robbie on Protecting The President

John Robbie's daily musings to start your day.

Popular articles
‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

Afternoon Drive’s Stephen Grootes interviews Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies Judith February.

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

The Hawks are in possession of video footage showing Gupta, wanted in connection with Vrede dairy farm scandal, leaving SA.

Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius Mckaiser asked callers what they thought of how opposition parties conducted themselves in yesterday's election.

LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout shares her thoughts on SA's new president.

Zwane, Dlamini, Muthambi and Gigaba may be axed in Ramaphosa reshuffle - journo

Zwane, Dlamini, Muthambi and Gigaba may be axed in Ramaphosa reshuffle - journo

Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to reshuffle the Cabinet as he takes over from Zuma and makes his mark the National Executive.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.