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Helen Zille infuriates Twitter after defending colonialism

Helen Zille may have been on Twitter for a while, but she still hasn’t acquired the skill of knowing when to put the phone down and go back to bed.

On Thursday morning, the Premier of the Western Cape took to Twitter to let everyone know that not everything about colonialism was bad.

Zille has been in politics a long time. She surely understands the dangers of professing that west is best. She could also do a quick Google search and note that colonialism is defined as “the policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically”. It is not the same as globalisation, and the sharing of knowledge for a better global society.

As other Twitter users were quick to point out: Europeans could have easily introduced their knowledge of these sectors without stealing land and killing South Africans.

Others pointed out that her actions were doing nothing but sabotaging her own party.

After half an hour of backlash, Zille took a step away from the criticism — but she promised to be back in a Trump-like manner to block all those who called out her ideologies.

Zille — who is not a stranger to Twitter’s ire — has since apologised for what “may have come across as a defence of colonialism.”

It was.

Featured image: The Democratic Alliance via Flickr (CC 2.0, resized)

Author | Julia Breakey

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  • Angryactivist

    Zille also makes the assumption that only Europeans were capable of developing infrastructure to the level we have today. If you look at history you will see that many of the ‘European’ developments and inventions were based on knowledge taken from ancient Africa, Asian and Arab cultures. The Indus Valley civilisation had advanced drainage and infrastructure systems long before the Europeans were throwing their excrement out into the streets. Indigenous Africans and South Americans had advanced infrastructure, roads and buildings long before the Europeans. Where does the binary system that computing is based on come from? Not from Europe. The colonialists destroyed much of what came before them due to their greed and ignorance or humankind may have made the advancements Zille speaks of much earlier.

  • Lanfear Eshonai

    “Where does the binary system that computing is based on come from? Not from Europe.”

    No, and not from Africa either. Its origins came from China, as the modern invention, devised by Leibniz, was based on the Chinese I-Ching. However, who took it further and implemented it and devised electronics based on it?

    There were definitely no advanced civilisations in South America or Southern Africa prior to civilisations in Europe, Near East, India and Asia. And all modern civilisations can trace back to the Indus Valley. Except China of course, who is the oldest civilisation and developed mostly without influence of others.

    “The colonialists destroyed much of what came before them due to their greed and ignorance or humankind may have made the advancements Zille speaks of much earlier.”

    Oh? What advanced science and technology did the colonialists destroy? The period of European colonialism was barely a fraction of human history.

    But yah, Helen Zille was out of line.

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