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Zille to respond to controversy over colonialism tweets

In the tweets that sparked outrage on social media, Helen Zille said the legacy of colonialism was not all negative.

FILE: Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to respond to the controversy surrounding her tweets on colonialism in the coming days.

The Democratic Alliance has referred Zille to its Federal Legal Commission for investigation following a series of tweets that may have breached the party’s social media policy.

In the tweets that sparked outrage on social media, Zille said the legacy of colonialism was not only negative.

Her spokesperson Michael Mpofu says she has since apologised for the offence caused by the statement.

“[She has apologised] To anyone who may have taken the tweet to be offensive. But it’s also important for us to clarify that she was in no way defending colonialism, she was referring to the Singaporean people and how they had rebuilt their nation and built a successful economy. She will be responding in detail in the coming days.”

But African National Congress Member of Provincial Legislature Cameron Dugmore says it’s not the first time Zille has caused offence with her tweets.

“The fact that her mind and the thoughts in her mind get onto Twitter indicates what’s really going on in her mind. This is an absolute insult to the people of South Africa who still experience the impact of colonialism as we speak.”

LISTEN: Mmusi Maimane reacts to Helen Zille's tweets on colonialism

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