"South Africans missed the broader context of Zille's tweets on colonialism"

The disciplinary hearing against former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille will resume later this month.

Zille was suspended from DA activities this week over a series of tweets in which she defended certain aspects of colonialism.

Political analyst, Daniel Silke says Zille's tweets were ill-conceived and poorly expressed.

Read: Zille's disciplinary hearing postponed to end of June

I think the nature of using Twitter for, a sophisticated and academic debate is erroneous. I think political leaders should avoid using Twitter for this purpose.

Daniel Silke, political analyst

I think there were a number of errors on her part but at the same time, I think that as South African's we haven't really understood the broader context of what she said.

Daniel Silke, political analyst

For Zille, the botched announcement of an immediate suspension by Maimane now makes it even more difficult for the party to give her a reprieve and allow her a stay-of-political-execution as she awaits the outcome of the party’s laborious disciplinary procedures, says Silke.

Should Zille be proven right in terms of her defence against the suspension, Maimane will be accused not only of being sloppy (and derelict) in the manner in which he addressed the issue over the weekend but also still taking orders from a pro-Zille clique determined to pull his strings for as long as possible, he adds.

Ultimately, the prevarication on dealing with Ms Zille in a responsible and politically dignified manner has come back to bite the DA. It could’ve been a win for the DA but instead, both Zille and Maimane stand to lose.

Daniel Silke, political analyst

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