DA in a knot over Zille’s comments

2017-05-04 06:01

Cosatu provincial secretary general Tony Ehrenreich says the Democratic Alliance is in a bind over disciplinary proceedings against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Ehrenreich said Zille’s comments about colonialism puts the party in a quandary, and they have to act against her, but won’t.

“Her comments were clearly insensitive for South Africa. It reveals her understanding of development and the damage that colonialism did to our country.

“They’re caught in a bind. How much do they pander to the old, liberal white base that still controls the party?

“There will be a hearing, there will be censure, but there will be nothing dramatic.”

He said Zille is not a rabid racist in the traditional sense of the word, but does believe she suffers from “latent racism”, which she cannot see beyond as she feels justified in her beliefs.

“Her view of the world is, we don’t need affirmative action, we don’t need to undo apartheid, we just need to give people the vote and then the playing field is level.

“She doesn’t want to undo those disadvantages in any kind of meaningful way.”

He said the party would do what it takes to send a message to Black voters who are considering the party.

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