Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / News / All News RSS ← Back
Johannesburg|Defence|Fire|PROJECT|Helen Zille

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by


Article Enquiry

Tweets undermined Maimane's leadership – Zille

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Embed Video

Tweets undermined Maimane's leadership – Zille

Photo by Reuters
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille

13th June 2017

By: News24Wire


Font size: -+

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille apologised to South Africans over her tweets praising colonialism, adding that her actions undermined Mmusi Maimane’s party leadership.

“I realise the wounds of history that my tweet and subsequent defence of it has opened. In particular, I recognise that my actions were insensitive to South Africans who suffered under colonial oppression. For this, I am genuinely sorry,” said Zille in a joint briefing with Maimane on Johannesburg.


Her tweets, praising aspects of colonialism drew widespread criticism, with calls to the Democratic Alliance (DA) to fire Zille.

Zille added that everyone should get behind Maimane’s leadership.


“During this period I made public utterances that had the effect of undermining the leader of the DA and the project he is leading. I greatly regret this…Mmusi Maimane is a democratically elected leader of the DA and we must all get behind him.”

Last week, Maimane announced Zille’s party membership had been suspended, but Zille was quick to point out that he had flouted the party’s constitution by not giving her a chance to make representations.

The party later backtracked saying Zille was still to submit reasons why she should not be suspended.


To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines

About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close