Zille reprimands DA Youth leader

2014-02-02 11:03
Helen Zille (Picture: AFP)

Helen Zille (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has reportedly reprimanded her DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli and called her a prima donna.

According to the Sunday Times, a furious Zille also accused her of having a huge ego.

The exchange of words took place last weekend at a DA federal executive council meeting in Johannesburg after Ntuli posted criticism on Twitter over the party’s planned march on the ANC’s headquarters.

According to the report, witnesses said the DA Youth leader fought back, telling Zille she had no right to call her names and she had a right to hold personal views.

Zille confirmed the altercation and said that although she tolerated dissent in the party, she drew the line with Mbali because the youth leader had failed to return her calls.

Zille said after texting Mbali about why she was not responding to calls regarding the matter, Mbali said she had not been in “the right space”.

Zille said this was unacceptable and that the party had to maintain professional standards at all times - standards that involved calling each other back.

DA to march

Zille is expected to lead the DA’s march to Luthuli House which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Last week, Zille said she would lead 6 000 of her party's supporters on a march to Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD on 4 February to take the "fight for jobs" to the ANC.

She said each DA supporter would represent 1 000 unemployed people.

"We are taking the fight to Luthuli House to highlight the failure of [President] Jacob Zuma's ANC to cut corruption and create jobs."

Zille said the DA would expose the ANC manifesto pledge of creating six million job opportunities as bogus.

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