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Zille responds to DA criticism, states colonialism isn’t all bad

I regret to inform you that Helen Zille is back on her bullshit.

Last year, the Western Cape Premier ignited outrage when she defended colonialism on Twitter. And now, a year and one empty apology later, she’s rehashed the argument in defense against DA criticism.

Does Helen Zille care more about defending herself than her frustrated constituents?

In March 2017, after attending an event in Singapore, Zille commented on what she believed were positive effects of colonialism.

“For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. (sic),” she wrote on Twitter.

South Africans were quick to counter her argument. Colonialism, many reminded the Premier, was defined by the violent takeover of a nation and its people — it had nothing to do with the swapping of ideas or technology.

It was also dangerous for the Premier to profess that western civilisation was inherently better than the African nations it pillaged, especially considering we have no way of knowing how South Africa would have developed if the Europeans had never invaded.

Zille stood by her comments with condescending tweets. But less than an hour later she had issued an apology.

That apology meant nothing. In the midst of the water crisis, she condescendingly restated this argument when a user criticised the DA’s failure to implement necessary infrastructure.

Zille has been using Twitter to implore her followers and fellow Capetonians to save water, but when a South African critiqued her government, she ignored their struggles in favour of defending herself.

When asked for further clarification on her comment that brings up a year-old scandal, Zille stated that the user’s desire for proper infrastructure was hypocritical.

It begs the question: Does Helen Zille care about her constituents and their day-to-day struggles, or does she care more about being right? Right now, it looks like she’s leaning towards the latter.

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More


  1. Anthony

    January 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    What is your point? That the truth must be reigned in in favour of your PC oversensitivity?

  2. Riaan Vlok

    January 26, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    1) Freedom of speech ? 2) Everybody have the right to its own opinion? 3) Why is some people always attacked and other is allowed to say what ever they want to ? 4) Is common sense really common after all ?

  3. Haidee Swanby

    January 26, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    she really must go now.

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