ANC minister calls DA's Helen Zille 'a witch'

2009-05-04 00:00

Mthatha — The ruling party has launched another scathing attack on Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana calling her a “witch”, reports Dispatch Online.

Mdladlana made the remark during the unveiling of a monument near Dutywa in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Mdladlana said he was disappointed to hear on television news recently that “some young people thought Zille was a good leader who was working hard for the betterment of the people”.

In reference to Zille, Mdladlana said in Xhosa: “Igqwirha iyohlala iligqwirha”, which, directly translated into English, means “a witch will remain a witch”.

Mdladlana said a “witch” would never change and cricised young black voters who voted for the DA in the recent polls.

The attack by Mdladlana comes hot on the heels of another attack on Zille by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, who called Zille a “racist little girl”.

“She [Zille], the racist little girl, must remember that Zuma is her boss,” Malema said, according to Sapa.

“Helen Zille must report to Zuma about the Western Cape … the racist girl has not won … all of them must call President Zuma ‘president’,” Malema said.

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