- Helen Zille recently hinted that she had taken more risks during apartheid than outgoing Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba
- The newly-elected DA federal council chair had been responding to Mashaba's imminent resignation in response to her appointment
- This claim has drawn the ire of EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu
Helen Zille's attempt to highlight her contribution to the liberation struggle seems to have backfired on her.
Briefly.co.za reported that the new DA federal council chairperson had wanted an opportunity to persuade Herman Mashaba out of resigning in response to her victory over the weekend.
Speaking to eNCA, Zille had compared the Joburg Mayor's history to her own, applauding him for his success in business:
“I’ve been with the party since the progressives many, many years ago, and Herman also remembers that when he was being a very, very successful businessman, and I take my hat off to him for being an entrepreneur and highly successful in days when there were huge obstacles in his path."
However, the following remark has raised more than a few eyebrows, with Zille commenting:
“But he will remember that while he was making a fortune in business, I was hiding Umkhonto we Sizwe operatives in my house and I was exposing the murder of Steve Biko, so I’m not sure who these right-wingers are who he’s referring to."
Advocate Dali Mpofu, the national chairperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters, is one of those who felt Zille went too far:
“Did Helen Zille really suggest that she suffered more under apartheid white-minority rule than Herman Mashaba and black people like him?"
While Mpofu took Zille's comments as such, the politician has denied that was where she was going with her observations:
"No, of course not. Another complete distortion for the purpose of manufacturing outrage. Pathetic, transparent attempt."
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