Helen Zille tweets: DA leaders urged to intervene

Helen Zille has once again grabbed the headlines after another controversial series of tweets.


The former Western Cape premier let her Twitter fingers loose earlier in the week, raising eyebrows by claiming that there are more racist laws post-94 than there were during apartheid.



Helen Zille ruffles feathers once more


The ire sparked by her latest assertions caught attention even within the DA, with party leadership hopeful Mbali Ntuli suggesting that interim leader, John Steenhhuisen look into retiring Zille.


This is after she had been inundated with calls for her to comment shortly after Zille tweeted on Monday.


"I understand that people are frustrated by Helen's tweets. I don't follow her. I think I've expressed my views enough over the years so I have seen your DMs and tags but honestly I have nothing further to add at this point. Perhaps directing concerns to the party leader may be better.Mbali Ntuli, Democratic Alliance MP


She added;


"It's part of the reason I'm running so that people get an alternative view of the DA. It's because I do not think anybody that can seriously say that SA post-1994 is more racist than Apartheid can be reasoned with," Ntuli responded to another Twitter user, who urged her to "take a stand".Mbali Ntuli, Democratic Alliance MP


Ntuli is one of the candidates for the position of DA leader, and is expected to compete against Steenhuisen at the party's elective conference scheduled for later in the year.


Another MP who chimed in on the controversy was Phumzile van Damme, who urged that complaints about Zille's tweets be directed to the interim party leader.



Twitter fingers


This was not the first time Zille sparked controversy through her use of the social media platform, having done so on numerous occasions in the past.


The DA Federal Council chair tweeted herself into trouble in 2017, when insisted that Africa's colonial past wasn't only negative.


Another instance, where Twitter went abuzz thanks to her use of the keypad was when she called for a tax revolt should those implicated in State Capture not be prosecuted.


Twitter also saw Zille infamously coin the phrase "black privilege" as an apparent counter to white privilege, as well as her vocal opposition to quotas and Black Economic Empowerment.