Western Cape Premier Helen Zille insists she does not want to admit guilt to misconduct until she has been allowed a hearing.
On Saturday the Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Executive Council resolved to suspend Zille following tweets about colonialism, but went back on it's decision when she hit back.
In a statement Zille said the decision to suspend her "does not comply" with the party's constitution.
She also refuted current leader Mmusi Maimane's claim that she did not apologise for her tweets on colonialism, saying in a statement: "It is not correct that I have refused to apologise. I have apologised publicly."
My statement on the FEDEX decision (1 of 2). pic.twitter.com/ZiUdpm340R— Helen Zille (@helenzille) June 3, 2017
my statement (2 of 2) pic.twitter.com/nNaNZJVFlT— Helen Zille (@helenzille) June 3, 2017
On Saturday afternoon,DA leader Maimane said he and Zille had different views of what was best for the organisation.
This is believed to have caused divisions within the party, with Maimane receiving backlash from DA supporters.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape have called on Zille to be removed as premier.
Asked by Xolani Gwala if she would consider stepping down, this is what she said:
I am now an ordinary member of the DA and I am finishing my second term as premier of the Western Cape according to a mandate from the voters that I received in 2014, so I am gone as far as being the leadership of the DA is concerned and I did that voluntary.— Helen Zille, WC premier
The bottom line is that Mmusi has asked me to admit guilt without saying that the charges will then be withdrawn,I can't do that before a trial, that opens the way to punish me with all kinds of punishments when I haven't had the right to state my case.— Helen Zille, WC premier
We cant find me guilty and oppose a penalty before a hearing.— Helen Zille, WC premier
Zille has been served with a letter to make her representations within 72 hours.
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