WCape legislature to debate Zille tweets?

2017-03-21 16:18
Helen Zille. (File, Beeld)

Helen Zille. (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town – The Western Cape Legislature might debate Premier Helen Zille’s recent tweets on colonialism.

But that’s only if the speaker’s office decides the topic merits a snap debate.

This after the African National Congress wrote to the legislature speaker, asking for an urgent debate on the matter. 

On Thursday morning while at the airport, the former DA leader had the country – and most Democratic Alliance leaders – up in arms when she tweeted:

"Getting onto an aeroplane now and won't get onto the Wi-Fi so that I can cut off those who think EVERY aspect of colonial legacy was bad."

It was barely an hour later when the premier had to retract the statement when it caused an uproar on social media. 

"I apologise unreservedly for a tweet that may have come across as a defence of colonialism. It was not," she then tweeted.

But the apology was not enough for Khaya Magaxa‚ the ANC’s acting chairperson, who said the comments were an embarrassment to the legislature and country.

He asked for his request to be accelerated to have an earlier sitting of the provincial legislature.

On Tuesday, speaker Sharna Fernandez told News24 that the matter would be discussed on Wednesday morning.

A decision would then be communicated.

Zille’s tweet was part of a series after a trip to Singapore.

“For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc

“Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest, please,” she tweeted.

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