Mzansi responds to Helen Zille's black privilege tweets and backlash

Mzansi responds to Helen Zille's black privilege tweets and backlash

- Briefly.co.za took to Facebook to ask citizens what they thought of Helen Zille's recent controversial tweets

- The responses were mixed, but many users defended Zille

- Many felt that she making unfair generalisations, while others said there was some truth to her claims

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Former Western Cape premier Helen Zille has once again found herself at the centre of a Twitter controversy - this time for her comments regarding black privilege.

Zille tweeted that black privilege meant stealing taxpayers' money and then being re-elected to government.

As usual, Mzansi had a lot to say about the former DA leader's comments.

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Zille's comments drew a mixed reaction, with many on social media slamming her statement and demanding she withdraw it. Even former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, asked Zille to apologise.

Briefly.co.za took to Facebook to find out what our readers thought. There were mixed responses, but a substantial amount were in support of Zille.

People who are supporting Helen don't understand something here. She is labelling black people as people who can't lead and she is generalising blacks as people who are corrupt, black people who support her statement are embarrassed because many blacks are in leadership but don't loot.

One user said she did not think that Zille was really racist, saying, "Her whole life, from a young girl your age, to now, [Helen Zille] has worked tirelessly for black people."

Another user, Masize Mathe, said, "We cannot run away from the truth. Helen Zille is right." 

Nkululeko Nkhuxie agreed, writing, "Apologise for what? It's the truth and people keep on voting in South Africa."

However, some took issue with Zille's comments. 

"She is labeling black people as people who can't lead and she is generalising blacks as people who are corrupt," wrote Sifisio Shange.

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All in all, responses were divided but many citizens appeared to feel strongly about the issue. It suggests that Zille's tweet, whether intentional or not, struck a nerve in the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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