Democratic Alliance premier, Helen Zille, has sparked mixed reactions with a controversial suggestion: boycott tax. The African National Congress condemned the act, which they say borders on treason.
Helen Zille has found herself surrounded in controversy after a comment suggesting a tax boycott.
On Wednesday the premier took to social media to voice her opinion saying:
“The ANC government has an Achilles heel. Honest taxpayers will not continue forking up billions to corruption. If this continues, I’m going to be the first to mobilise a tax strike to bring this government to its senses. Anyone who gives them another chance is an accomplice.”
The ANC has lambasted the move, which they feel borders on treason. Ebrahim Rasool, ANC election head in the Western Cape, has commented:
“We call on her to withdraw this irresponsible statement and rather unite in action to grow South Africa. We also call on business leaders and workers’ leaders to repudiate her statement.’’
Rasool felt that Helen Zille should be investigated, explaining that:
“Not even an election is worth the devastating consequences of her statement. We call on her party leader, Mmusi Maimane, to come out and tell us where he stands. Does he support a tax boycott or not?”
The ANC election head felt that the Democratic Alliance has been driving their campaign from a negative angle. Rasool felt the move was an attempt to prevent the ANC and other parties out of the Western Cape.
Zille is no stranger to the situation, she received backlash for a comment in 2017 suggesting that the effects of colonialism was not only negative, listing the independent judiciary, transport infrastructure and piped water as supposed pros of the legacy.
Zille had asked if the country would have transited into specialised health care and medication without the colonial influence.
The Public Protector did not take too kindly to Zille's line of thinking, ruling that the tweets had been a violation of the ethics code in June 2018.
For now, at least, the Democratic Alliance seems to be standing with Zille. Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA leader for the WC, commented:
“There’s no need for Zille to be investigated or to have action taken against her because she is right. This government has looted taxpayers’ money.”