KZN DA leaders take Helen Zille to task over black privilege tweets

KZN DA leaders take Helen Zille to task over black privilege tweets

- Leading DA figures in KwaZulu-Natal have slammed Zille's commetns about black privilege

- These include the DA's KZN leader, Zwakele Mncwango

- He says her tweets were offensive and insulting

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DA leaders in KZN have called on the party to take action against Helen Zille regarding her "black privilege" tweets.

These DA members say that Zille's tweets were offensive.

Zille, however, has said she will not apologise for the statements

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Zille made the comments on Twitter on Friday, when she said that black privilege meant corrupt politicians being re-elected to government. She also claimed that "whiteness" was a "swear word used to stigmatise and marginalise" white South Africans.

She has since said that she stands by her statement, according to IOL.

However, Zwakele Mncwango, the DA's provincial leader in KwaZulu-Natal, has condemned Zille's comments and said that they were insulting.

He added that corruption had no race. Mncwango also said that that white privilege and black privilege were not comparable. 

Former DA councillor Warwick Chapman also criticised Zille's comments, saying that just because she had the right to say such things didn't mean she should - especially as a member of a party trying to win over supporters. 

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Despite the backlash, Zille has refused to back down or withdraw the statement, Briefly.co.za has gathered. She said she was tired of "double standards" regarding race in South Africa.

"People can run around all day making the most outrageous racial generalisations about a tiny minority in this country by stigmatising 'whiteness', and the sky falls in when you give them a taste of their own medicine," she tweeted.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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