Malema savours Helen Zille's scolding

16 June 2017 - 09:57 By Bruce Gorton
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane at a joint media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane at a joint media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema appears to be satisfied with the Democratic Alliance's actions to "reign in" Helen Zille following her tweets on colonialism.

While speaking to MetroFM‚ Malema said he enjoyed seeing Zille looking like a naughty school child as DA leader Mmusi Maimane scolded her.

"Helen Zille was speaking like she was a free agent‚ and then her party reigned her in... you know what I like to see the most‚ is a black chap calling a white lady to order and she's sitting there like a school child‚ a naughty school child.

"That was a very nice moment for me."

Though Malema maintained that Zille should step down from her position as premier of the Western Cape‚ as well as from the party's strucutures‚ he signalled the EFF would not go ahead with a threat to withdraw from DA-run municipalities‚ which would shift the balance of power back to the African National Congress.

"We cannot say the ANC is a looting party‚ you go to announce the ANC stole R17 billion in Transnet‚ the ANC stole R14 billion in Prasa‚ the ANC is stealing billions in Eskom‚ and then boom the following day you say 'no we're voting for the ANC'‚" Malema said. The EFF voted for DA mayors and speakers in the metros of Johannesburg and Tshwane. This was to ensure that the ANC was removed from power. 

On June 13‚ the former leader of the DA sat alongside her successor to apologise for a tweet dating back to March 16 about the legacy of colonialism‚ acknowledging she was "insensitive".

Maimane bluntly said: "Colonialism was not a victimless crime. Many South Africans suffered directly under colonialism and apartheid‚ and continue to be disadvantaged by the legacy of colonialism and apartheid. I was personally angered by Helen Zille’s tweet and I know that many others were as well... It was important to me that Helen offered the South African public a fulsome and unqualified apology."

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