Twitter ‘thanks’ outgoing premier Helen Zille for her work in the Western Cape

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Helen Zille will this week step down as the premier of the Western Cape, as the new provincial and national legislatures are sworn in.

#ThankYouHelen trended for much of Tuesday evening into Wednesday after the DA’s Renaldo Gouws urged users to post tweets of thanks to the premier behind the “best province in the country”.

Some obliged, noting that Zille has “truly been the best Premier in SA”.

Others however used the hashtag with a critical tongue, lashing Zille for her controversial tweets and for “sparking racial tensions” in the country. More recently, her opinions on “black privilege” came to the fore on social media, and users were sure to latch onto these comments.

“You remain a true and proud racist who is not ready to let go of colonial legacies. You’ve represented the genealogy quite remarkably,” read one tweet.

The DA’s Alan Winde will take her place for the next two years at least, but while Zille may no longer be the head of the province, she’ll unlikely take a break from Twitter anytime soon.

Helen Zille’s lengthy Twitter twars

This isn’t the first time Helen Zille has trended on her favourite social network this year either. In March, Danny K was involved in a spat with the politician after he called out the “lack of empathy” shown by “white South Africans”.

More famously, in January 2018, Zille remarked that there were some beneficial offshoots at the hands of colonialism, including “piped water”.

Feature image: the DA’s Helen Zille at an election rally in Soweto in March 2011, by The Democratic Alliance via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

Andy Walker, former editor


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