- Former Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, shared a controversial social media post in which she was highly critical of the state of a housing development she opened years ago
- Zille complained that the development was festered with “druggies and dealers” and shared a photo of the young men
- Social media users took exception to the claims and slammed Zille for making unsubstantiated accusations
Former Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, has a reputation for not mincing her words and has generally been quite outspoken via social media.
Zille once again shared a controversial tweet, which is threatening to explode via Twitter.
Zille shared a photo of a group of young men and boys loitering at the entrance of a housing development.
She included the caption: “So sad to see the druggies and dealers hanging around at the entrance of a lovely housing development that I opened 8 years ago. The place looks in ruins now. Houses are now worth R1-million but totally dilapidated. I must write about why this project failed.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that many South Africans took exception to the claims and reacted strongly.
SANCO Western Cape (@SANCOWC) said, “You racially profiling! What evidence do you have that those pictures here are "druggies & dealers"? If this was true, being one with such privilege & access should you not be informing the police & ur buddy.”
AnnabellaMmalaMokone (@MmalaMokone) commented, “Wait did you actually see them doing drugs or you just know it's a hotspot for drugs and therefore anyone standing there is a druggie? Where's your proof. If i took a pic of your son and said 'typical functional cocaine addict' and posted it on SM would you agree with it?”
Wayne Jacobs (@xtremepainterse) said, “Next time you start a housing project please allow for mindsets workshops also. It's like giving someone a lot of money but no financial guidence. Same thing here, back yard dwellers, squatters etc. Same thing with the mountain view project nice concept of housing. Messed up now.”
However, Zille was as bullish as ever and wasn’t taking it lying down.
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