DA confident motion of no confidence in Helen Zille won't succeed

The ANC requested the motion around the time Helen Zille faced disciplinary charges within the DA for a tweet on colonialism.

FILE: Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Legislature will see a debate in a motion of no confidence in Premier Helen Zille on Thursday.

The African National Congress (ANC) requested the motion around the time Zille faced disciplinary charges within her own party for posting a controversial tweet about colonialism, which she later apologised for.

Zille kept her job as premier but she is not allowed to participate in the party's decision-making structures.

Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus chairperson Lorraine Botha is confident the motion won't succeed.

“We anticipate a robust and detailed discussion on Helen Zille’s performance as the Premier of the Western Cape and the multitude of success achieved under her leadership.”

The ANC's Pierre Uys said: “If they can’t vote with their own conscience and the DA forces its members to vote within party lines, that’s for them to do. But we will definitely put our case strongly on the table.”

The ANC holds 14 seats in the 42-seat legislature.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)