- Athol Trollip has been met with immense criticism after his call for SA to 'celebrate an 'important anniversary'
- The former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor wants to give the arrival of settlers in SA the attention he feels it deserves
- Mzansi dubbed the comments as extremely insensitive and even Helen Zille avoided coming to his defence
Athol Trollip has been blasted for calling on the government to celebrate the 'important anniversary' of settlers' arriving in Mzansi.
Taking to social media, the former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality mayor commented that:
"I wonder whether this important anniversary will celebrated or derided by our Government? I’m a proud descendant of the 1820 settlers and the legacy that their descendants have contributed to our country. History is history, it is what it is."
Trollip was responding to the 200th anniversary of settlers arriving in Port Elizabeth, a heritage he says he is proud of.
The politician was adamant that the settlers contributed to the South African legacy, but evidently its too soon to call for any celebrations.
After facing backlash, Trollip was forced to clarify he wasn't commenting on behalf of the Democratic Alliance:
"I’m not tweeting on behalf of political party! Read the tweet and you’ll see what I said not what you think I said. I said that I’m a proud descendant of the 1820 settlers. That’s what I said and that’s what I mean, I am who I am and I can’t and won’t deny where I come from."
Politicians weighed in on the ensuing frenzy, with DA Federal Council Chair Helen Zille warning Trollip not to 'go there'
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu highlighted his relief at the former mayor's removal in his response:
"Hebanna!! So this guy wants Government to celebrate the arrival of Settlers? We did very well to remove him as Mayor because he was found to be celebrating the nonsensical invasion of our land now. The further they stay away from political power the better!"
Take a look at just a few responses to the incident below:
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