Helen Zille will appear before an internal Democratic Alliance (DA) disciplinary hearing on Friday 09 June 2017 this was reported by EWN. The former leader of the party and current Premier of the Western Cape faces charges of bringing the party into disrepute for a series of tweets in March in which she appeared to claim that colonialism wasn’t the great evil that many see it as.
Zille has officially been suspended from all party related activities on Wednesday 07 June 2017 to allow the DA’s Federal Executive to investigate and judge the charges brought against her without fear or favour. To read the full statement released by the DA please follow the link to the DA's official website.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane condemned the tweets from Zille as damaging not only to the DA but to the country as a whole.
The suspension from party activities does not affect her position as Premier of the Western Cape. The charges against Zille only relates to her standing within the DA. The DA clearly separates party and state affairs meaning that regardless of the outcome of the hearings Zille will remain as Premier unless a separate motion is tabled by the DA to recall her.
Zille has released a document giving reasons why she should not be suspended, you can read the entire document by following this link.
In the document Zille claims the DA Federal Executive's procedure to suspend her flawed and biased because of statements made by the leader of the party.
The Western Cape chapter of the African National Congress (ANC) says it has tabled a motion of no confidence against Zille’s leadership of the Western Cape government.
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