Zille won't admit to misconduct until she gets a hearing

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille insists she does not want to admit guilt to misconduct until she has been allowed a hearing.

On Saturday the Democratic Alliance (DA) Federal Executive Council resolved to suspend Zille following tweets about colonialism, but went back on it's decision when she hit back.

In a statement Zille said the decision to suspend her "does not comply" with the party's constitution.

She also refuted current leader Mmusi Maimane's claim that she did not apologise for her tweets on colonialism, saying in a statement: "It is not correct that I have refused to apologise. I have apologised publicly."

On Saturday afternoon,DA leader Maimane said he and Zille had different views of what was best for the organisation.

This is believed to have caused divisions within the party, with Maimane receiving backlash from DA supporters.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape have called on Zille to be removed as premier.

Asked by Xolani Gwala if she would consider stepping down, this is what she said:

I am now an ordinary member of the DA and I am finishing my second term as premier of the Western Cape according to a mandate from the voters that I received in 2014, so I am gone as far as being the leadership of the DA is concerned and I did that voluntary.

Helen Zille, WC premier

The bottom line is that Mmusi has asked me to admit guilt without saying that the charges will then be withdrawn,I can't do that before a trial, that opens the way to punish me with all kinds of punishments when I haven't had the right to state my case.

Helen Zille, WC premier

We cant find me guilty and oppose a penalty before a hearing.

Helen Zille, WC premier

Zille has been served with a letter to make her representations within 72 hours.

Listen to more from Zille....

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
JMPD ‘does away with cops behind bushes’

JMPD ‘does away with cops behind bushes’

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says the unit has shifted its focus to visible policing.

COMMENT: Campaign to focus on boys a good idea

COMMENT: Campaign to focus on boys a good idea

Xolani Gwala says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a ‘take a boy child to work day’ is a good idea.

Khoza sacking shows Zuma camp on warpath – analyst

Khoza sacking shows Zuma camp on warpath – analyst

Karima Brown says developments in Parliament over the past 24 hours shows the ANC caucus is imploding.

Khoza didn't show leadership - Jackson Mthembu

Khoza didn't show leadership - Jackson Mthembu

The ANC chief whip says Khoza, who was axed as chair of a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, insulted members.

Capetonians turning drought disaster into innovative opportunities says Zille

Capetonians turning drought disaster into innovative opportunities says Zille

Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille says more long-term solutions are needed to combat the drought in the province.

Zille calls for permanent behaviour change to saving water

Zille calls for permanent behaviour change to saving water

As Premier, Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area to speed up the processes of necessary funding interventions.

Popular articles
Struggles interracial couples still face

Struggles interracial couples still face

The Open Line took an unexpected turn when a caller in an interracial relationship shared how her father rejected her partner.

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

Interested in sexting but worried about the risks? Dr Eve has created a guideline to help you 'sext' in a fun and responsible way.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Michiel le Roux speaks about the fascinating story behind the little bank that has the Big 4 shaking in their boots.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?