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Zille slammed for 'insulting' opinion on Zuma, democracy and "African cultures"

11 July 2021 2:54 PM
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Helen Zille
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Helen Zille has once again drawn strong criticism online - this time for a personal essay about Jacob Zuma and constitutionalism in African cultures.
  • The DA's Helen Zille has shared her personal reflections on Zuma in a Facebook post that was later republished on News24
  • She argues that Zuma's demise is the result of imposing a modern constitutional democracy on what is largely a "traditional, African feudal society"
  • Zille has come under fire for insinuating that "traditional African cultures" cannot comprehend the notion of constitutional democracy

FILE: DA Federal Council chairperson Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille is facing backlash for a personal essay she penned about former president Jacob Zuma's arrest and his defiance of the Constitutional Court.

Zille published her thoughts on her Facebook page on Saturday and the piece was later republished on News24's column section.

In the essay, Zille recalls that the concept of corruption was often referred to as a "western thing" by Zuma.

She essentially argues that Zuma's downfall is "rooted in the enormous complexity of our collective decision to impose a modern constitutional democracy on what is largely a traditional, African feudal society."

"Former president Zuma is a traditionalist, totally unfamiliar with the concepts of constitutionalism, thrust into the role of president - whose primary duty is to serve and defend the Constitution. A total misalignment", Zille adds.

Political analyst and broadcaster Eusebius McKaiser has described it as "cheap anthropologising" while many others have criticised Zille's theory for having racist undertones.

Below are some of the Twitter responses to Zille's latest controversial statement:




11 July 2021 2:54 PM
Tags:
Jacob Zuma
Racism
Helen Zille
Zille
Constitutional democracy
African culture
Opinion Piece

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