Helen Zille has been tweeting

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Helen Zille has been tweeting about “colonialism” and people are furious

Helen has put her foot in it again…

Helen Zille has been tweeting

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Helen Zille has a long history in South African politics, from journalist to activist, party leader to mayor and Premier of the Western Cape. Zille is a big twitter user, something that has got her in trouble multiple times over the last few years. Today the premier took to her Twitter again and her latest tweets are causing a massive outcry.

Just after 8AM this morning Zille decided to tweet on the extremely controversial issue of colonialism.

She then called on people to “be honest” about what we would have without without colonialism.

Immediately, countless South Africans voiced their disgust and outrage at Zille even posing that question. DA member and KZN politician Mbali Ntuli quickly called out her former party leader. Talk radio hosts even spent hours on their shows discussing the issue and calling Zille out on her ignorance. The call also came for DA leader Mmusi Maimane to publicly condemn Zille, not just remain silent.

Ntuli even went on to draw a comparison between praising the positives of Nazism…

702 and CapeTalk radio host Eusebius McKaiser labelled Zille’s comments “disgusting.”

Other South Africans online have also been having their say, they’re just as angry…

Some are calling for Zille to be suspended from the DA…

In the hours since the original tweet Mmusi Maimane did give his stance publicly, he addressed colonialism but did not directly mention Zille or tag her in his tweet.

Less than 2 hours after her tweets “Helen Zille” was the number one trending topic in South Africa. The criticism seemed to be too much for Zille, after calling for people to “be honest” about colonialism, she issued an apology. Backtracking, saying the tweet was in fact not a defense of colonialism.

In all seriousness it is comments like this from Zille that cost the DA black voters. The party will never get to the majority level they are looking for without widely appealing to black working class voters. The longer Helen Zille is in the DA making these comments, the longer those voters will stay away.