Twitter had mixed responses to DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille’s decision to deactivate her 10-year-old Twitter account, after what she called the “grotesque treatment” of her granddaughter on the platform.
Zille made the announcement on Monday and, in a Twitter thread, cited bullying, distortion of information and “mob lynching” as some of her reasons for leaving her more than 1.4 million followers.
After sharing two pictures of her granddaughter preparing chicken during load-shedding at the weekend, she received hundreds of derogatory comments.
The pictures are captioned “load-shedding won’t stop Nceba and me from cooking up a storm”.
Not all of her followers shared these views. Some called out “manufactured racism”.
Here’s a glimpse of what tweeps had to say about Zille’s announcement:
Twitter has degenerated into a platform for irrationality and mob-lynching. Everything that can be distorted and twisted for a hate-filled agenda, is used for the purpose of manufacturing outrage and inflicting maximum damage.
Similarly, Madam, we find your views on colonization as hateful and a distortion of history. They promote outrage. Absolutely NOT justification for what was said to you about your granddaughter. I just hope you understand slightly when you told us about colonization and apartheid
Helen Zille: I’m leaving Twitter
@helenzille when are you closing the account been over 12 hours now
SKawara I will walk you out #blacktwitter #helenzille
I was so worried when I saw #HelenZille trending. I thought “Oh God, what has she said now.”
So the Madam is threatening to close her account, let’s see if she follows through
She’s not leaving. She is going to open a parody account to share her true colors without being held accountable.
Zille is the one white who won’t take the “because I’m black ” crap shame and unfortunately to people who always want to make it about race will call her racist, forgetting that they themselves are also racist by always analyzing her based on race.
If you wanna worship Helen, good for you. If you agree with her that blacks should be glad that although colonization brought them to rape, dispossession, and death, at least they got piped water, then I weep for you!