- Helen Zille says that racism is a problem in South Africa and the Democratic Alliance doesn't want racists as members
- In a recent interview, the newly-elected federal council chair put forward that racists come in all shapes and sizes
- Zille also rejected the notion that people vote based on skin colour and not political merit
Helen Zille claims that South Africa has a race problem, spanning all races in the country.
“Everyone in the DA believes that race is a very potent issue in South Africa and if they don't understand that they are living in cloud cuckoo land. There are racists of all races in South Africa.”
In an interview with Newszroom Afrika, Zille said the Democratic Alliance is no place for racists:
“If you are a racist of any type, get out. I am not the kind of person who believes that if you are black you can't be racist."
While Zille said no-one in the party thinks race is irrelevant, she denied the notion that people only vote for leaders of the same race.
The newly-elected chairperson of the opposition party's federal council is adamant that voters who supported the DA weren't racist.
Zille pointed out that Mmusi Maimane, Herman Mashaba and Solly Msimanga had all been voted into power by the party's followers:
“I will not say that people who used to vote for us and don't vote for us are any more are racist because those people voted for a black leader in 2016 [Mmusi Maimane], voted for Herman Mashaba in 2016 and voted for a black mayor, Solly Msimanga, in 2016."
Everything the veteran politician does, in her opinion, is taken out of context both on social media and in the news. Zille commented that:
“The truth is if I got out of bed in the morning and said the sky is blue people will say you can hear that she’s racist because she says the sky is blue which is the DA’s colour. People are crazy, I mean if I sneeze they think it’s a story in the newspaper."
Briefly.co.za reported that Zille's successful election bid to bag her new top position in the party has been met with great resistance.
Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has thrown in the towel, citing Zille as one of the reasons behind the move.
Speculation is also rife that Mmusi Maimane, who lauded Mashaba as a 'hero' despite his criticism of the opposition party, will follow suit and resign as the party's leader.
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