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Zille to step down from DA decision-making bodies

13 Juin 2017

Western Cape premier Helen Zille has issued an unreserved apology for her tweets and social media posts about colonialism, and has agreed to withdraw from the DA's leadership structures.

"But there is no question that her tweet and subsequent defence of it did damage to race relations in our country and set us back as a party", he said. "I therefore apologise unreservedly to South Africans who were offended by them", Zille said.

Maimane said Zille's tweets and some comments that followed were offensive to many people and her willingness to admit wrong sets her apart from many others in politics he said.

Zille caused public outrage with tweets that seemed to defend colonialism.

The press conference comes after months of internal disputes in the DA, particularly between Maimane and Zille.

"During this period I have made public utterances that have had the effect of undermining the leader of the Democratic Alliance and the project he is leading. I greatly regret this.Mmusi Maimane is a democratically elected leader of the DA and we must all get behind him". "The alternative was to become embroiled in a protracted legal battle in the lead up to the 2019 election", said Maimane.

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Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the second-largest opposition party, warned last week it will stop voting with the DA in city councils it helps the party control if it doesn't fire Zille as premier. "Many South Africans suffered directly under colonialism and apartheid, and continue to be disadvantaged by the legacy of colonialism and apartheid".

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille have reached a settlement over her controversial remarks about colonialism.

The proposal would see Zille bowing down to the party leadership's requirements to desist from comments on its direction and in its policies. She said an ex-leader should not be hanging around while a new leader asserts himself and perhaps she should have taken the decision "long ago".

The DA held a disciplinary hearing against Zille on Friday.

Despite the suspension from party activities, Zille has remained Premier because of the separation between party and provincial government. While Zille enjoys strong support in the Western Cape DA, other provinces have been more critical and she has been criticised by former leaders Tony Leon and Douglas Gibson.

Zille to step down from DA decision-making bodies