With the spotlight on SA's political parties, it may not have been the best time for a Twitter rant.
So there was no way Twitter was going to Helen Zille's contentious tweet go unnoticed.
The Western Cape premier ignited a social media storm when she tweeted a photo from the Cape Argus newspaper at just after 9 pm last night, in which students of the University of Cape Town (UCT) were pictured contributing to the newspaper’s election issue.
Read more: Elections 2016: what we know so far And it seems that one student's piece in particular just rubbed Helen the wrong way. Only the first few lines of the article are visible in Helen's photo, in which the writer refers to UCT as a “white ivory tower” and the students’ “reluctant home”. With the tweet Helen aired her view:
It's since been shared over 400 times on Twitter.
The tweet itself garnered some infuriated replies. "@helenzille just hours after elections that's all you can say?," one user write. "Middle finger to black struggle?" Another weighed in," @helenzille you just couldn't wait to show your racism day after the elections, so they are right you use people for votes and then this!!!" One woman commented on the thread that she was "a 40 year old woman now embarrassed to have voted for the DA." Later on Wednesday night Helen took to the social network again to explain her tweet.
Response to my tweet: Students show they love being at UCT but have to pretend they don't and hate people pointing out the contradiction. — Helen Zille (@helenzille) August 3, 2016
Another victory: The DA gets an overall majority in Langeberg. No need for coalitions anymore! Well done blue people. — Helen Zille (@helenzille) August 4, 2016
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