- The DA Federal Chair has once again thrown herself into the spotlight
- In a series of seemingly racist tweets, Helen Zille has defended former apartheid-era leader FW de Klerk
- Zille also said South Africa currently has more racist laws than it did before 1994
Colonialism apologist Helen Zille has once again found herself in the spotlight after expressing her views on race.
The DA Federal Chair controversially tweeted,
"Lol, there more racist laws today than there were under apartheid."
Zille was reacting to tweets about former apartheid-era leader FW de Klerk, said The South African.
This week the American Bar Association (ABA) cancelled a speech by De Klerk after protests from several individuals, including Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi, reported Bloomberg.
De Klerk's name was then thrown into the spotlight and was trending on social media for a while. A Twitter user then accused De Klerk of being "the burning issue" in the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) delay to lay charges against those implicated in alleged state looting.
In a series of tweets, Zille came to De Klerk's defence, saying:
"De Klerk decided to dismantle apartheid. If he hadn't, the ANC would still be bogged down in the mess of its so-called liberation camps and infighting. They had no viable armed struggle to speak of."
When Twitter users accused Zille of being racist, she laughed, saying there are more racist laws today than there were under apartheid.
Zille is no stranger to racial provocation and in 2017, while she was in Singapore, she tweeted:
"For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water, etc. Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest, please."
In 2019, the former Premier of the Western Cape, again defended her colonialism tweets. One Twitter user said while Jimmy Manyi was a beneficiary of BBBEE, “he behaved much like Helen Zille who said colonialism wasn't bad".
Zille responded saying:
"I didn't say anything like that. Colonialism was terrible. But its legacy is not only negative. If you can't tell the difference between those two statements, I feel sorry for you."
Earlier this year, Zille, who is still very much active on Twitter, threatened to leave the application after people allegedly said mean things about her granddaughter whom she had posted pictures of.
Zille said Twitter had "degenerated into a platform for irrationality and mob-lynching".
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