Zille's disciplinary hearing postponed to end of June

The Democratic Alliance’s disciplinary hearing for Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille has been postponed until the end of the month.

Zille has been charged with bringing the party into disrepute after saying that colonialism had brought some benefits to South Africa.

Stephen Grootes spoke to Business Day's Gareth Van Onselen on what the impact of her actions on the party.

He says there is a crisis in the DA.

Helen Zille and the brand that she has come to represent are a problem for the DA, under Mmusi Miamane. The party wants to talk about non-racialism and have a discussion with potential black voters, it's very difficult to do that in an environment where Helen Zille wants to have a discussion about the legacy of colonialism.

Gareth Van Onselen, Business Day

She is holding that project to ransom through her own agenda, he adds.

That is the political problem. The there is the legal problem, he says.

There is every chance Helen Zille could win that legal process, her email in which she sets out her case is effectively setting the grounds to take this thing to court ultimately.

Gareth Van Onselen, Business Day

Helen Zille is now a vote loser not a vote winner.

Gareth Van Onselen, Business Day

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