Zille: Why is it just 'cheeky' to dub a white person a 'monkey'?

2016-03-01 09:32
DA leader Helen Zille. (Bongiwe Gumede, Foto24)

DA leader Helen Zille. (Bongiwe Gumede, Foto24)

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Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants to know why calling a white person a monkey is only considered “cheeky”, after Julius Malema referred to her as a “dancing monkey”.

Zille posted a snap from a newspaper article on Twitter on Tuesday, in which reference is made to a remark the former ANC Youth League leader made about her during the 2011 local government elections.

The tweet was attached to a picture of an article published by The Star on Friday.

Of concern to Zille was not so much the article, but its introduction, which read: “…Helen Zille, who was then DA leader and who Malema cheekily dubbed the 'dancing monkey'."  

Zille is known to occasionally dance during election rallies.

“Why is it just sweetly cheeky to "dub" a white person a "monkey"? #JustAsking,” she tweeted.

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Many people on Twitter have since weighed in on the debate, responding to Zille’s tweet:

One user asked if Zille was trying to defend Penny Sparrow's infamous post made over New Year's Day.

- Listen: 'It is just how they are' - Penny Sparrow defends 'monkey' comments

And one user weighed in with the most sensible quote of the day.

Helen Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu declined to comment further when contacted by News24.

Read more on:    helen zille  |  cape town  |  politics  |  racism  |  social media

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