Former Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says her biggest mistake during her time in office is that she did not fight hard enough to prevent the Democratic Alliance (DA) from entering the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) race politics.
Zille wrote an article on Politicsweb on Sunday sharing this view and speaks to Bongani Bingwa about it.
When probed about her stance on diversity inside the DA, Zille says she has acted to diversify party leadership and transform its culture.
My mistake was to think that diversifying the DA would lead it to rise above the politics of race.— Helen Zille, Former premier - Western Cape
What I should have seen was that this was just the beginning of a slippery slope in a culture like South Africa in which the public analysis is that unless you satisfy the ANC's definition of what is transformation, you will always be a white party no matter how diverse you are.— Helen Zille, Former premier - Western Cape
I should have said that out clearly and said our goal is not representability, racial hegemony and our goal is non-racialism, inclusion and diversity so we can start credibly debating the real issues that face South Africa.— Helen Zille, Former premier - Western Cape
Listen below to the full interview: