Helen Zille, chair of the DA’s federal council, will be re-examined by her party after a contentious dispute.
Earlier this week, she tweeted that there are “more racist laws today (in South Africa) than under apartheid. All racist laws are wrong, but permanent victimhood is considered too high to admit it ”.
Zille confirmed on Wednesday that she referred the tweet to the DA’s Federal Law Commission. This commission will decide whether it has violated any of the DA’s policies or regulations.
John Steenhuisen, interim leader of the party, also said in a statement that the tweet was referred to the relevant party structures.
He added that Zille pointed out in her tweet that all racist laws were wrong. “This is the truth and is consistent with Helen’s long history of resisting injustice.
“Helen (in the tweet) said that there are more racist laws today than under apartheid. This is not true and I cannot see any evidence for it. “
He says he talked to Zille about the tweet and gave his opinion.
On Wednesday, Zille declined to elaborate on the context in which she tweeted.
Steenhuisen added in his statement that South Africa is currently a much better, more just and human society than under apartheid.
“Not only because we have a Constitution that guarantees everyone’s place and contribution, but also because every person is considered equal before the law.”
However, Steenhuisen says South Africa today has a government that wants to divide South Africans increasingly and deliberately on the basis of race, and some citizens say they don’t belong here.
“It’s wrong. And laws that exclude people based on race are especially wrong.
“The Supreme Court ruling that it is right for a government to choose on the basis of race whom it helps in times of crisis is abhorrent. It has to be appealed and we will, ”he says.
Other Twitter users also responded to Zille’s tweet.
Lol, there are more racist laws today than there were under apartheid. All racist laws are wrong. But permanent victimhood is too highly prized to recognise this.— Helen Zille (@helenzille) June 21, 2020
Former DA chairman Athol Trollip tweeted in response to Zille’s move: “Context? It is rhetorical for Helen Zille, because the only context is hers, any other is wrong, woke or wrong ”.
Context, Graham? That’s rhetorical as far as Helen Zille is concerned, because the only context is hers, any other is faux or woke or wrong. https://t.co/SQtFTEk2Ir— Athol Trollip (@AtholT) June 23, 2020
Zille had previously been in the brink of controversial controversy and was suspended from all party-related activities under Mmusi Maimane’s leadership because of her colonialism dispute.