South Africa's main opposition suspends ex-leader Zille after colonialism tweet

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 03, 2017 7:09 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance has suspended Helen Zille, a former DA leader and now premier of Western Cape province, for a tweet about colonialism, the party said on Saturday.

Zille said on Twitter in March: "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc."

"Our federal executive has resolved that Zille be suspended from all party-related activities until such time that a disciplinary hearing is concluded," party leader Mmusi Maimane said. The Western Cape is a DA stronghold and the only province not governed by the African National Congress.

(Reporting by TJ Strydom; editing by Mark Heinrich)