Helen Zille’s colonialism tweets could lead to the termination of her political career with the Democratic Alliance as the party’s top officials plan to expel her.
According to information from DA’s senior leaders, the latest colonialism tweets on social media and subsequent writings to defend her claims have placed her on a collision course with the party and she would face the harshest possible sanction: Expulsion.
Helen has since the apartheid era, made a name for herself as a political journalist, working for the Rand Daily Mail, South Africa’s leading liberal newspaper.
Through her journalistic skills, Zille was able to uncover the true story behind Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) leader, Steve Biko’s death in 1977, which she discovered was due to police brutality and not natural causes as the government had claimed.
She had also served in many controversial positions that helped her career in politics today. One of such is her involvement in the Black Sash movement during the 1980s. She served on the regional and national executives of the organisation, and was also vice-chair of the End Conscription Campaign in the Western Cape.
Zille was the former leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), and a former Mayor of Cape Town. In fact, she was nominated as one of 820 world mayors and was winner of the 2008 World Mayor award in October 2008.
Despite her effort to the growth and development of South Africa’s top opposition party, the Western Cape premier seems to be facing the most controversial phase of her political career as the DA’s internal structures order for a preliminary probe into her colonialism tweets.