On Saturday the Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Executive Council resolved to suspend, Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille following tweets about colonialism but went back on it's decision when she hit back.
Zille brought up the party’s own constitution, which requires her to make representation as to why she shouldn’t be suspended.
In March, Zille tweeted: For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.
James Selfe, The DA federal executive chairman tells Eusebius McKasier that colonialism was a cruel and exploitative system and cannot be re-purposed as alluded by Zille. Selfe adds that Zille's disciplinary hearing will be held on Friday.
I consulted with the party's lawyers and they said in the interest of natural justice, please to give her notice and an opportunity to respond.— James Selfe, The DA federal executive chairman
Selfe says Zille would have to give reasons and speculated they might be how she wouldn't be in a position to bring any harm or she wouldn't be any position to influence the outcome of the discipline inquiry.
Asked if he 'threw DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane under the bus', Selfe said the media conference was in a different venue and there was no time to confer with Maimane about the finer details of the matter.
Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA) tells Eusebius McKaiser that, Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, should step down.
There can only be one leader. I think one of the problems is a structural one. It's very hard if you were the leader to hold an executive position as premier and now be in a public collusion with the person who is a leader. They both can't prevail and they both can't be right.— Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA)
He [Mmusi Maimane] has got to put his imprint on the party and then he's got to say this is the route we're on and you either follow me or get another leader— Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA)
Listen to the full interview here:
Jan-Jan Joubert, renowned Journalist also spoke with Eusebius MacKaiser adding his thoughts on the Helen Zille vs Mmusi Maimane saga.
Her other support seems to be here in the Western Cape from older, white English voters who like her and clearly identify with colonialism because they feel so personally offended at anyone criticising it.— Jan-Jan Joubert, renowned Journalist
Listen to the clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Helen Zille should step down - former DA leader Tony Leon