Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s recent tweets that colonialism was not “only negative” is not the position or view of the Democratic Alliance.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane issued a statement on Twitter in response to the outcry against Zille’s tweet saying “colonialism was like apartheid”. His spokesperson Mabine Seabe told the Mail & Guardian that Zille’s tweets on colonialism did not represent the position of the party
“Those are not the views or position of the party. Colonialism, like apartheid, was an oppressive and evil system,” Seabe said.
His comments came after DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme and member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Mbali Ntuli also showed opposition to Zille’s comments.
UPDATE: Maimane has confirmed that the “matter has now been referred to our disciplinary structures”.
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See the full Twitter moment below.