'Why do you hate blacks?’ Zille asked

By Drum Digital
11 May 2012

Western Cape premier Helen Zille was asked in the provincial legislature why she hated black people so much, Beeld reported on Friday.

Speaker Richard Majola banned ANC MPL Patrick McKenzie from asking Zille on Thursday: "Premier, why do you hate black people so much?"

McKenzie asked why Zille often used derogatory language to refer to blacks, referring specifically to her "refugee" and "professional blacks" tweets, as well as a statement in 1999, in which she referred to several women in the National Assembly, saying: "They're taking up space there, earning a salary, eating a big lunch, packing padkos and driving away in a big C-class Mercedes Benz without making any contribution."

Zille defended her tweets, saying they were neither insulting to blacks, nor that her 1999 statement referred to black women specifically.

She said her words were being twisted, and that this was a clear example of how obsessed with race the ANC was.

"All they're doing is making sure that people continue to hate each other so that they can carry on winning elections," she said.

McKenzie then attempted to ask his question.

"That is a horrifically insulting question," Zille responded.

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