Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES
Helen Zille. Picture: THE TIMES

The ANC in the Western Cape wants the provincial legislature to debate Premier Helen Zille’s colonial tweets.

Khaya Magaxa‚ the party’s acting chairperson‚ on Monday wrote to speaker Sharna Fernandez requesting an urgent debate on the matter.

Zille last week caused an uproar on Twitter when she posted tweets that appeared to be justifying colonialism.

"For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water etc‚" she tweeted.

"Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest‚ please‚" she wrote in a second tweet.

She later posted an apology. "I apologise unreservedly for a tweet that may have come across as a defence of colonialism. It was not," she said.

Zille had just landed in SA after an official trip from Singapore and her tweets were linked to her observation on that country’s progress after it was also colonised.

The tweets have landed Zille in trouble with her party which is currently investigating them with a view to holding an internal disciplinary process.

Said Magaxa: "I hereby call on the speaker for an urgent debate as soon as possible and have this request accelerated to have an earlier sitting of the provincial legislature."

He said Zille’s tweets had caused an outcry and were part her ongoing campaign to "attack people of colour‚ insult citizens‚ smooth over colonialism‚ renege on her oath to uphold the Constitution ... and embarrass our legislature‚ province and country".

Magaxa had on Thursday attempted to have Zille respond to his questions about the tweet during a committee meeting but she declined‚ saying the meeting was not the correct platform.

TMG Digital/The Times

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