Helen Zille should step down - former DA leader Tony Leon

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

Zille brought up the party’s own constitution, which requires her to make representation as to why she shouldn’t be suspended.

In March, Zille tweeted: For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.

James Selfe, The DA federal executive chairman tells Eusebius McKasier that colonialism was a cruel and exploitative system and cannot be re-purposed as alluded by Zille. Selfe adds that Zille's disciplinary hearing will be held on Friday.

I consulted with the party's lawyers and they said in the interest of natural justice, please to give her notice and an opportunity to respond.

James Selfe, The DA federal executive chairman

Selfe says Zille would have to give reasons and speculated they might be how she wouldn't be in a position to bring any harm or she wouldn't be any position to influence the outcome of the discipline inquiry.

Asked if he 'threw DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane under the bus', Selfe said the media conference was in a different venue and there was no time to confer with Maimane about the finer details of the matter.

Listen here:

Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA) tells Eusebius McKaiser that, Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, should step down.

There can only be one leader. I think one of the problems is a structural one. It's very hard if you were the leader to hold an executive position as premier and now be in a public collusion with the person who is a leader. They both can't prevail and they both can't be right.

Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA)

He [Mmusi Maimane] has got to put his imprint on the party and then he's got to say this is the route we're on and you either follow me or get another leader

Tony Leon, Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance, (DA)

Listen to the full interview here:

Jan-Jan Joubert, renowned Journalist also spoke with Eusebius MacKaiser adding his thoughts on the Helen Zille vs Mmusi Maimane saga.

Her other support seems to be here in the Western Cape from older, white English voters who like her and clearly identify with colonialism because they feel so personally offended at anyone criticising it.

Jan-Jan Joubert, renowned Journalist

Listen to the clip below:


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
Caiphus Semenya to perform with jazz greats at Tshwane Big Band Festival

Caiphus Semenya to perform with jazz greats at Tshwane Big Band Festival

Semenya spoke to Koketso Sachane about the event and some of the most memorable moments that have made up his musical career.

How to take care of your testicles and keep your sperm healthy

How to take care of your testicles and keep your sperm healthy

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says it's important to notice changes in one's testicles and shares advice on men's sexual health.

Naked Scientist: How does rice remove moisture from a cellphone?

Naked Scientist: How does rice remove moisture from a cellphone?

Chris Smith explains the science behind placing your phone in rice if you have dropped in a pool of water.

Sara-Jayne King bares all about dark adoption story in memoir, Killing Karoline

Sara-Jayne King bares all about dark adoption story in memoir, Killing Karoline

Author of best-selling autobiography 'Killing Karoline' Sara-Jayne King shares her life story and opens up about writing her book.

Stigma may still cause HIV-positive South Africans to miss early treatment

Stigma may still cause HIV-positive South Africans to miss early treatment

Experts say only 50% of those who need treatment are receiving it and the high number of infections continues.

Jay Naidoo speaks about a community thriving on their own land

Jay Naidoo speaks about a community thriving on their own land

The social activist describes the incredible story of the birth of Naledi farm and helping to make the community's dream a reality.

Popular articles
South Africans Doing Great Things |  Nkosinathi Nkomo

South Africans Doing Great Things | Nkosinathi Nkomo

Wasanga speaks to Co-founder of AquaRenu, Nkosinathi Nkomo about turning a problem into an opportunity.

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

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

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

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?