DA accepts Helen Zille's belated apology for colonialism tweet

Former leader of the Democratic Alliance and Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille has apologised for her comments about colonialism.

Zille was facing disciplinary action and had already been suspended from all functions within the party after refusing to apologise for saying that colonialism had some benefits and seemingly defending her stance.

She apologised during a press conference seating next to Mmusi Maimane.

Watch: Helen Zille to step down from all decision-making structures

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After a period of debate and reflection, I recognise the offense caused by my tweet on the 16th of March with the regards of the legacy of colonialism I , therefore, apologise unreservedly to the South African public who were offended by this tweet....

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

In particular I recognise that my actions were insensitive to South Africans who suffered under the oppression of colonialism...

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

Leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane says he has accepted Zille's apology so as to achieve the mandates of their projects which is to banish racism in South Africa.

Maimane says he believes that in the way that Zille articulated her apology she recognises the deep offense that it has caused.

He adds Zille's tweet is not equivalent to all the corruption that's going on the country at the moment and that people should not compare the two.

We felt that it was crucial that Helen Zille should apologise to the people of South Africa which she had, and must step away from all leadership roles of the party... I believe it is the best way to deal with reconciliation project if we are going to have that project succeed.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the DA

To hear the interview with Mmusi Maimane, listen below:

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