- Helen Zille has reached out to Herman Mashaba, asking what had changed
- Sharing a social media post in whichmthe Mayor sang her praises, Zille was apparently left confused
- Citizens were quick to drop files that they felt answered the DA politician's question
Helen Zille is wondering why Herman Mashaba would give her the cold shoulder.
In a post, the newly-elected Democratic Alliance federal chairperson shared Mashaba's comment coming to her defence:
"In all the years I have known Helen Zille, including reading extensively about her beautiful life, anyone calling her racist is actually racist herself/himself. Helen is one [of] those [in] SA [that] I personally hold with the highest esteem. I am proud of her as my fellow SA. Period."
Zille questioned what had changed in the short time since the outgoing mayor had sung her praises:
"Happy memories just 7 months ago. I wonder what changed? I sent you a warm WhatsApp after my election. Looking forward to your reply Herman Mashaba. Kind regards."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba's sudden resignation had closely followed Zille's appointment to her new position, with the politician adamant that the DA had changed.
In response to Zille's probe, citizens pointed out that the Institute of Race Relations had probably fuelled the fire.
The IRR had endorsed Western Cape Premier Alan Winde as the perfect person to save and lead the DA, despite being a 'white man'.
At the time, Zille had been working with the institute as a research fellow, leading to speculation that she had been behind the debacle.
Take a look at some of the reactions to Zille's message to Mashaba below:
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