Zille refugee apology 'not heartfelt'

2012-04-24 08:14

VIDEO: Zille apologises

2012-04-23 09:32

DA leader Helen Zille has apologised for her comment in which she referred to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to Western Cape for a better education as 'refugees'. WATCH

Cape Town - The ANC says it believes DA leader Helen Zille's apology over her controversial refugee comment was not heartfelt, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Zille appeared on SABC TV on Sunday night and apologised for referring to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for better education as "refugees". The comment was made on social networking site Twitter last month, in reference to a protest in Grabouw over overcrowding at a local school.

"Very sorry because it was never meant in that context at all, and it was never said in that way at all," Zille explained.

"What I was trying to show up was what [Basic] Education Minister Angie Motshekga calls a 'horror story' of education in much of the Eastern Cape."

African National Congress provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile told the newspaper the party was not convinced her apology was heartfelt.

"She's had more than one opportunity to apologise, but she refused after we told her that it was insulting to call black people refugees.

"Her apology is not genuine, it's a political stunt," he said.

Singer Simphiwe Dana, who clashed with Zille over another tweet, told the Cape Times she believed Zille was pressured into the apology. "It's not from the heart."

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