Mmusi Maimane suspends Helen Zille but she quickly hits back

Mmusi Maimane suspended Helen Zille on Saturday of June 03, 2017  from all Democratic Alliance related activities pending a hearing. Her suspension comes in the wake of her tweets in which she claimed that colonialism was not all bad. Helen Zille however quickly hit back at Mmusi Maimane citing failure to comply with the party’s constitution.

“I asked Ms Zille to tender an unreserved apology to both South Africa and the DA for the damage she has done. Unfortunately, she declined,” Mmusi Maimane said. “Zille’s social media commentary and public utterances in connection with colonialism undermine our reconciliation project. There is no question that Zille’s original tweets and subsequent justifications have damaged our standing in the public mind.”

“Accordingly, the Federal Executive has resolved Zille be suspended from all party related activities until such time as her disciplinary hearing is concluded. A notice of suspension will be served on Zille in this regard. I have been inspired these past two days by our party’s resolve and commitment to effecting good delivery where are in government and to effecting change for the people of our great country,” Mmusi Maimane said.

Helen Zille did not take this lying down, “In his letter, Selfe has given me until June 6 to provide reasons why I should not be suspended until the outcome of the disciplinary committee. Maimane’s statement is unequivocal that the suspension is already in operation,” she said in a statement.

“I have apologised. What I have not agreed to do is to plead guilty to charges of misconduct which I have never committed. I cannot be bullied into resigning or incriminating myself.” Helen Zille read.


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