Tag Archives: Helen Zille

On Zille and the Familiar Distortions of Black History

  Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s claim, and her feeble justifications for it, that South Africa has colonialism to thank for its independent judiciary and transport infrastructure is gravely ignorant about South Africa’s colonial past. Our judicial system is an inheritance of the Dutch and English systems of law. Neither England nor Holland can claim [...]

Zille’s Tweets and History’s Miasma

  In the departure lounge of OR Tambo (taking a break from complaining about the missing TV remote and milk) Helen Zille, the former leader of South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and premier of the Western Cape, casually invoked, in a series of tweets, one of the continued liberal myths of colonisation – that [...]

Refugees Cause Cape Town Race Wars

  Niren Tolsi and Ben Fogel On Thursday, Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Rupert Whyte-Smith, in between sips of his flat white purchased from Truth.Coffee in East City (the area formerly known as District Six), informed assembled journalists that a recent spate of racist crimes in Cape Town was driven by education refugees from the Eastern [...]