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'Zille is not a racist'

WC Transport MEC Robin Carlisle defended his boss at a pre-election debate.

WC Transport MEC Robin Carlisle defended his boss at a pre-election debate. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape transport MEC and DA veteran, Robin Carlisle, had his hands full last night defending Premier Helen Zille at a debate.

Carlisle went up against the ANC's Cameron Dugmore and the Economic Freedom Fighters' Nazier Paulsen in Cape Town.

He said apart from all her mistakes, Zille is not a racist.

"Helen Zille may have a few faults, but one thing she's not, is a racist."

Political parties, in a bid to woo those who attended, pounced on remarks Zille made in the past pertaining to the influx of people in the province from elsewhere in the country.

Carlisle did his best to defend Zille.

He noted that unlike leaders of the political parties who attended the debate, Zille has never faced corruption charges.