Newly elected DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille has lost her bid to overturn Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s scathing report on her colonialism tweets.

In a politically loaded judgment slammed by Zille’s lawyer, Fiona Stewart, as “very difficult to understand”, acting judge Malebo Habedi found that Mkhwebane was reasonable to find that Zille’s tweets, in which she defended the legacy of colonialism, effectively amounted to hate speech.

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