DA leader Helen Zille (Democratic Alliance via Twitter)
Johannesburg - Senior Democratic Alliance members are fed up with tweets sent by their leader Helen Zille
to a journalist, which they say will cost the party “many votes in the elections”, Beeld
reported on Tuesday.
Zille accused City Press reporter Carien du Plessis of one-sided, inaccurate and unprofessional journalism in an hour-long Twitter-attack on Sunday.
On Monday Zille continued the tirade saying: “Criticising biased, unprofessional and inaccurate journalism does NOT undermine media freedom. It promotes it.”
“Carien is so desperate to hide the Missus class she comes from. Shame,” Zille tweeted to her 383 000 followers on Sunday.
Another 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.”
Du 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.
Others also had some criticism for Zille with Mail and Guardian associate editor Verashni Hutchinson saying it might be best for Zille to not tweet.
Three independent sources in the DA told sister paper Beeld many DA members were unhappy about Zille’s tweets, including one she sent in 2012 describing people who migrated from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape as “refugees”.
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.