- Helen Zille said Nelson Mandela and Julius Malema's comments should have seen them reported
- Mandela said colonialism had positive aspects and Malema said South Africa's health care system was better during apartheid
- This comes after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said Zille's tweet about colonialism was racist
Helen Zille caused quite a stir when she said on social media that EFF leader Julius Malema and late Nelson Mandela should both have been reported for their comments on colonialism and apartheid.
Malema said South Africa's health system was better during the apartheid era and Mandela stated that the British colonialism had some positive aspects.
Zille said this in response to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's claim that Zille's tweet about colonialism was racist.
How insensitive and divisive of him. He said the same thing in his book. And our modern school history textbooks say the same. Take them all to the Public Protector, I say.
Zille was referring to when Malema talked about a how the health system failed under Aaron Motsoaledi.
News24 shared a video of him saying the health system was better during the apartheid era.
And then when we say to you that apartheid was much better than these people you think ‘no, these people are exaggerating’. We’re speaking to the practical things that we see. Here is a clinic under apartheid functioning. Democracy comes and the clinic collapses and is closed.
Both Zille and Tony Leon, former leader of the DA, have criticised Mkhwebane's finding, who said the tweet was "likely to cause racial tension, divisions and violence in SA. Leaders in her position should avoid statements that have the effect of dividing society on the basis of their racial experiences,".
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zille insisted the findings aren't final and the court should decide.
While her latest comments caused upset, it's likely she was simply trying to make a point on how what she said was not intended as racist in its core.
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