During a heated on the television station, Newzroom Afrika DA’s newly elected federal council chair Helen Zille said South Africa has a race problem and the DA doesn’t want racists as members.
“There are racists of all races in South Africa. If you are a racist of any type, get out … I am not the kind of person who believes that if you are black you can’t be racist,” she said.
Zille said no one in the DA thinks that race is irrelevant.
“Everyone in the DA believes that race is a very potent issue in South Africa and if they don’t understand that they are living in cloud cuckoo land.
“I disagree with the notion that white people will only vote for white people and black people will only vote for back people,” she said.
Zille said racists don’t vote for black mayors and black leaders.
“I will not say that people who used to vote for us and don’t vote for us are anymore are racist because those people voted for a black leader in 2016 [Mmusi Maimane], voted for Herman Mashaba in 2016 and voted for a black mayor, Solly Msimanga, in 2016,” she said
Zille said that DA’s MP Diane Kohler Barnard “is not a racist”. “You mustn’t twist what people say, it makes me really cross,” Zille told interviewer Onkgopotse ‘JJ’ Tabane. “She made a mistake on social media that was taken out of context.”
Zille said everything she does is “taken out of context” on social media and on traditional media too.
“The truth is if I got out of bed in the morning and said the sky is blue people will say you can hear that she’s racist because she says the sky is blue which is the DA’s colour.
“People are crazy, I mean if I sneeze they think it’s a story in the newspaper,” she said
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