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Helen Zille Says ‘Black Privilege’ Means Looting and Being Re-elected

Former Western Cape premier Helen Zille has once again found herself at the centre of a Twitter controversy.

This time, she got into a twar with actor Hlomla Dandala.

During their exchanges, Zille suggested that “black privilege” meant “being able to loot a country and get re-elected”.

The argument began after a video was shared on Twitter of an American poet presenting a poem about white privilege and colonisation. Zille responded with the caption, “Why is she saying this stuff in English?”

Dandala then replied with “Occasionally, you say some really daft things, European Helen in Africa”, according to The Citizen.

Other social media users also then commented on the threat, with one user asking why Dandala was wearing a suit in his profile picture if he denounced colonisation.

The implication was that suits were a colonial invention and that Dandala was being hypocritical by wearing one while slamming colonisation.

Dandala fired back at this user, saying that he did not understand white privilege. Then Zille commented once again, claiming that black privilege meant committing corruption and then being re-elected - a not-so-subtle swipe at several leading ANC figures.

This is not the first time Zille’s Twitter comments have drawn ire. Previously, she tweeted the message, “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water, etc.”

The DA suspended her from party activities for the remark, we’ve gathered.


Written by How South Africa

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