Western Cape premier Helen Zille has apologised for a tweet in which she told "gloating Joburgers" that "karma can be a real bitch". The tweet was an apparent response to someone who had rejoiced in Cape Town’s water crisis. The city is months away from Day Zero‚ when its taps are expected to run dry. "I certainly DO owe all the caring Joburgers an apology. I was responding to a tweet sent to me of a person wasting water and telling me‚ gloatingly that in Jozi they don’t have a problem‚" Zille tweeted on Sunday night. "Somehow my reply got appended to the wrong tweet. Humble apologies." The apology followed a heated reaction to the initial tweet. Some social media users posted images of dozens of bottles of water that Johannesburg residents had collected to send to Cape Town. "Has some 17-year-old troll taken over your account? Why are you being so petty?" Natalie E Kendrick tweeted. Zille set the record straight after a flurry of backlash. The premier faced the familiar criticism t...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.