Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said he had personally spoken to outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille about her recent tweets on black privilege and that the DA was taking action against her.
Zille sparked outrage on the social media platform after claiming that some black South Africans enjoyed what she called black privilege, citing the re-election of politicians implicated in corruption.
While speaking to journalists after the party’s first meeting of its parliamentary caucus,Maimane said he did not share Zille’s views on so-called black privilege.
“Any view that seeks to polarise South Africans on the basis of race is not a view I will support.”
“The appropriate steps have been taken in this regard. We set the direction of the organisation, and that’s the route we’re going to go,” he said adding the party would deal with the matter at federal executive level.
Re-elected chief whip John Steenhuisen said two other MPs, Michael Cardo and Ghaleb Cachalia, had been referred to the party’s federal legal commission to establish whether recent controversial tweets from them contravene the party’s social media policy.