Still not clear when Zille will face DA disciplinary action

A number of prominent Democratic Alliance members have condemned and pushed back against Helen Zille’s comments.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, along with DA leader Mmusi Maimane, addresses the media after the Democratic Alliance walked out of Parliament in February 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – With growing calls for Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to be fired or resign, it’s not clear when she will face disciplinary action over tweets she posted about colonialism.

Zille’s party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has referred the matter to the Federal Legal Commission for investigation after saying in her tweets on Thursday that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative.

She later apologised but opposition parties say it’s not enough.

A number of prominent DA members have condemned and pushed back against Zille’s comments.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane says Zille’s views are unacceptable and indefensible.

“Wed don’t subscribe to those views. I think those views are certainly not views that we stand for and they’re inconsistent with our values.”

African National Congress (ANC) MPL Cameron Dugmore, who questioned Zille on the tweet in the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday, says she has done this before.

“You’d recall there have been many other tweets which clearly many have defined as being inherently racist, her tweets about refugees.”

Zille’s spokesperson Michael Mpofu has told Eyewitness News the premier will address the matter in the coming days and will comply with any DA investigation.

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

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)