[WATCH] Helen Zille to step down from all DA decision-making structures

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille apologised for her tweets on colonialism during the press conference.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has agreed to step down from all Democratic Alliance (DA) decision-making structures but will remain in her position as premier.

The announcement was made by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday.

Zille was charged for bringing the party into disrepute after she tweeted that not all aspects of colonialism were negative.

Maimane explained the federal executive decision.

“Helen Zille has agreed that it is in the best interest of the party for her to vacate the position in all decision-making structures of the party, including the federal executive council and provincial council.

“In addition, her political communication from this point onward will focus on matters relating to the Western Cape provincial government where she will remain premier.”

Zille also apologised unreservedly for her tweets and subsequent explanations.

“I, therefore, apologise unreservedly to the South African public who were offended by this tweet and my subsequent explanation of it. I realised the wounds of history that my tweet and subsequent explanation of it have caused.”

WATCH: Mmusi Maimane announces Helen Zille to step down from DA's decision-making structures

The DA federal council's James Selfe says Zille has a responsibility to lead the Western Cape until 2019 because she was voted for.

“We actually don’t want to get rid of her. She runs a very successful government. That is not the sanction we could have brought against her. If we had persisted with the disciplinary action, there might have been an outcome that her membership was terminated. We have a responsibility in South Africa to get on with the job.”