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Zille to appear before DA commission over colonialism tweets

The DA’s Federal Legal Commission has found that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has a case to answer in relation to her tweets regarding colonialism.

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

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is set to appear before the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Federal Legal Commission over her colonialism tweets which sparked outrage.

The party’s leadership on Sunday charged Zille for violating its constitution.

She will remain in her position as Western Cape Premier pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.

The DA’s Federal Legal Commission has found Zille has a case to answer, in relation to her tweets regarding colonialism.

Zille’s tweets caused a social media outcry last month after she tweeted that colonialism had some benefits.

Party Leader Mmusi Maimane says Zille’s subsequent responses to her comment will also form part of the case against her.

“The initial referral was supplemental on 22 March 2017 to include references to a series of comments made publically and on social media that have exacerbated and amplified the original tweet.”

When the matter was debated in the Provincial Legislature last week, Zille denied having defended or justified colonialism or apartheid.

Three members of the Federal Legal Commission will chair the disciplinary proceedings.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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