- Former Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille has bid farewell via social media
- Despite boasting a following in excess of 1 million people, Zille is pulling the plug on her Twitter account
- The outspoken politician cited bullying as one of the key reasons for her departure, but provided an alternative channel for ongoing debate
Former Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille is arguably one of the most polarising political figures in South Africa.
Many citizens have lauded her for the role she played as an anti-apartheid activist and for her political acumen.
However, social media has often not been kind to Zille and many South Africans have used this platform to criticise her in the past.
In January, Briefly.co.za reported on the DA's KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader, Zwakele Mncwago, expressing his disappointment over some of Zille's tweets.
Although Zille boasts an impressive following in excess of 1 million, she's decided to bid farewell to her Twitter account.
Her love-hate relationship with the social media platform goes some way back, but Briefly.co.za recently discovered that an estimated 600 000 followers are believed to be bots.
However, it seems Zille had the last straw over the weekend following some unflattering comments in relation to a post involving her granddaughter Nceba.
Zille shared an adorable photo of Nceba and revealed that they were cooking up a storm, despite load-shedding.
Tweeps had a field day with the post and some accused her of training the young lady to become a maid.
In a series of tweets, Zille shed light on her decision to deactivate her account and cited many flaws facing the platform.
However, Zille supporters would have been thrilled to hear that she's created a private account
@ZilleTweets for 'people interested in rational debate'.
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