Zille Must Zip It

2017-03-28 19:47

My enduring memory of Helen Zille is meeting her at a cross-dressing birthday party. A friend’s dress was a little too tight for him, and the zip at the back kept coming undone. In the middle of a chaotic dancefloor Helen Zille meticulously and painstakingly set about fixing the errant zip.

Right now many of us in the opinionated classes are wishing Helen would just zip it up. Why bring up the wounds of colonialism – now of all times? Because of the principle of free speech? What if we applied this hallowed principle to the Holocaust?

The Nazis murdered six million Jews, or thereabouts. The Nazis were not only anti-Semitic, they were also anti-cigarettes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) five million people die annually of tobacco related illnesses. In sheer numbers this approaches a yearly Holocaust, the very type of Holocaust the Nazis may have avoided had they won the Second World War and taken over the world. Is it fair to say that Nazism had some good points, and indeed had it flourished it may have saved more lives than it cost by outlawing tobacco and other harmful substances.

Of course this is an absurd idea that dishonours the millions murdered by the evil state-machinery of Nazi Germany. I only mention it to shed light on the absurdity of Zille’s ‘principled’ position. The best we can say for Nazism is that at the time some intelligent and well-meaning people were taken in by it. However, given the benefit of hindsight and the changed moral landscape of the world, we can now see that it was an evil system based on the notion of inherent racial superiority.

Much the same could be said for colonialism. So why not just leave it at that? Zille’s best point is her worst point. She seems to thrive on controversy. She talks first and thinks later, and is energised by a good scrap. She’s also very clever and can find wonderful arguments to justify her position. But someone she respects needs to tell her to let it go and make a massive mea culpa so she can get back to doing what she does best ­– running the Western Cape and taking swipes at the ANC.


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