Zizi Kodwa: DA can’t divorce itself from racism

Zizi Kodwa says the announcement that Zille will stay on as WC premier shows there's no will within the DA to rid the party of racism.

NC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has called the agreement between Helen Zille and the Democratic Alliance (DA) an "unadulterated defence of white supremacy and privilege".

Earlier on Tuesday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced Zille is stepping down from all party structures but will stay on as premier of the Western Cape.

Zille was charged with bringing the party into disrepute for her tweets defending certain aspects of colonialism.

She has since apologised.

WATCH: Helen Zille apologises for tweets on colonialism

The ANC'S spokesperson Zizi Kodwa Tuesday's announcement shows there's no will within the DA to rid the party of racism.

“The DA remains, in our view, a white supremacist party. It can’t divorce itself from racism because Helen Zille is not the first person or leader of the DA to praise colonialism or apartheid – there are many others before her.”

The ANC says her apology is not enough.

Kodwa added: “Including the fact that we now know that the funders threatened to pull out if Helen Zille was removed and that is why other supporters in the Western Cape have approached Zille to form her own party if she’s removed.”