Peter Bruce Columnist

This column is probably best written at 32,000 feet. Waiting in the airport lounge before my flight, I watched in numbed amazement as one of modern SA’s most important careers went up in flames. Whatever happens to Helen Zille next, her political life has changed forever. For those of you not on Twitter (the sane majority), Zille, the former leader of the DA, mayor of Cape Town and now premier of the Western Cape, easily the best-run province in the country, seems to have been at an airport on Thursday morning. She has a million followers on Twitter and as she waited for her flight she engaged, as is her wont, in some argument with her followers and critics.And then, for some maniacal reason, at 8.25am, she tweeted: "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc." So powerful was the outrage from (mainly) black South Africans, who don’t have quite so rosy a memory of colonial SA, that by 9.59...

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