DA leader Mmusi Maimane misstepped over the weekend when he prematurely announced that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille had been suspended, but the statement was later retracted.
She has now been given a notice of intention to be suspended and she has been given a chance to respond as to why she should not be suspended.
Zille is now facing disciplinary proceeding following her controversial tweet on colonialism, which has been seen by political analysts to have a potential for damaging the party.
John Maytham spoke to political analyst Daniel Silke who says Zille’s tweet has put the party in a difficult position.
It’s no win here for the DA, If Zille is indeed forced to relinquish her position after the hearing. It could certainly be seen as being negative around her call for old white DA supporters.— Daniel Silke - Political Analyst
Silke says the party should find a way of ensuring that Zille steps down in a dignified manner rather than to force her to step down in order to bring stability to the party.
If indeed she’s allowed to stay on in her position, this is manna from heaven for the ANC at the times when they should be on the ropes, not the DA.— Daniel Silke - Political Analyst