DA leader Helen Zille (Marco Longari, AFP)
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League has expressed shock
at DA leader Helen Zille
's attack on a City Press journalist on Twitter.
accused City Press reporter Carien du Plessis of one-sided, inaccurate
and unprofessional journalism in an hour-long Twitter-attack on Sunday.
Monday Zille continued the tirade saying: “Criticising biased,
unprofessional and inaccurate journalism does NOT undermine media
freedom. It promotes it.”
"We cannot imagine how a premier, a mother and
politically ambitious South African could have the indecency to vilify and
insult journalists by name publicly on twitter," ANCYL spokesperson Bandile Masuku said.
"She has shown in absolute terms her rejection of
independent media and their right to cover news fearlessly."
According to Masuku, Zille tweeted: "She [Carien] is
so terrified that she will be damned by her own complexion that she has to bend
over to prove her political correctness."
Beeld reported on Tuesday that senior Democratic Alliance members are fed up with Zille's tweets and fear the Du Plessis incident will cost the party “many votes in the elections”.
“Carien is so desperate to hide the Missus class she comes from. Shame,” Zille tweeted to her 383 000 followers on Sunday.
read: “She is so scared that she would be doomed by her own skin colour
that she is bending over backwards to prove her political correctness.”
Plessis reported on the front page of Sunday’s City Press about the
DA’s internal disputes over the re-opening of land claims.
Some of her 32 000 followers defended her, and City Press editor Ferial Haffajee accused Zille of bullying Du Plessis on a public platform.
Zille said journalists dished out criticism and also had to take it.
DA federal executive chair James Selfe said no one had complained about Zille in the party.