Pressure mounts on DA over Zille colonialism comments

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille apologised for the posts, which caused outrage on social media, but opposition parties say it's not enough.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Pressure is mounting on the Democratic Alliance (DA) to take immediate action against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for her comments on social media regarding colonialism.

The DA has referred the matter to its federal legal commission for investigation after Zille said that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative.

She later apologised for the posts which caused outrage on social media but opposition parties say it's not enough.

Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says: “It is important for us to clarify that she was not defending colonialism, she was referring to the Singaporean nation on how they have built a successful economy and she will be responding.”

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says it’s clear Zille is no longer fit to stay in her position.

“I don’t think she’s still fit to continue to lead the party as premier of the province. This is a major issue and she’s exposing the DA very unnecessarily.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)