ANC wants Zille recalled over colonialism tweet

The ANC in the Western Cape is calling on the Democratic Alliance to recall Helen Zille as premier over her recent tweet on colonialism.

FILE: Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in the Western Cape is calling on the Democratic Alliance to recall Helen Zille as premier over her recent tweet on colonialism.

Zille sparked outrage this morning when she tweeted: "Getting onto an aeroplane now and won't get onto the wi-fi so that I can cut off those who think EVERY aspect of colonial legacy was bad".

She has since apologised and DA leader Mmusi Maimane has announced that she will face a disciplinary hearing.

"At this point in time I want to highlight that the matter has now being referred to our own internal disciplinary processes that will investigate. So I don't want to comment to her directly because there will be a proper process of investigation."

But the ANC's Yonelo Diko says it’s not enough.

"Helen Zille has continued to defend every racist that has captured the country's imagination. And we call on the DA to act decisively, particularly Mmusi Maimane who up to this far has not shown an appetite to take on white establishments. But as the ANC in the Western Cape we say Zille must go."

A number of prominent DA members have publicly criticised Zille's comments.

While the DA has announced Zille will face a disciplinary hearing, other parties say she needs to be removed from office.

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)’s Kenneth Mokgatlhe said: “As the PAC, we’re not surprised. We’ve been telling people about the party that the DA is. She [Helen Zille] must go to Khayelitsha as see how people live there and stop telling us about the infrastructure.”

The National Freedom Party has labelled her comments “shocking and disgusting”.