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Zille: More focus should be on poverty

Zille says while debates around statues and historical symbols are important, the focus should be on poverty.

FILE: DA leader Helen Zille and the party's Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier and Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, who has announced that she will be stepping down the party leader, says while debates around statues and historical symbols are important, there should rather be more focus placed on burning issues like poverty.

Zille made the remarks on Wednesday during a protest outside Parliament calling for the blacklisting of child maintenance defaulters.

A crowd of about 100 DA members gathered outside Parliament on Wednesday and signed a petition to include clause 11 to the Maintenance Amendment Bill.

Zille mentioned the recent calls for statues and historical symbols to be removed, saying there should be more focus placed on issues tackling poverty.

"It doesn't help to go in a wrong direction or to go in other directions or easy directions and talk about easy things like symbols. Let's talk about the difficult things that keep people in poverty."

She says the campaign will spent the next couple of days to get more people on board to sign the petition.