Helen Zille was the former leader of the Democratic Alliance and had at a time received praise for her knack at oratory. That fact makes it even more surprising that a few tweets were able to pull her down.
In South Africa, colonialism is still a powderkeg issue and once Helen Zille cast even a tiny bit of positive light on that period of South Africa’s history, both some SA citizens and her own party turned against her.
Now suspended from partaking in DA activities and still expected to stand before a disciplinary committee, Helen Zille is still facing calls from various quarters for her to step down as the Western Cape Premier.
A woman who could have, at a time, been described as a mentor to current charismatic DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, should surely have known better and the Helen Zille quotes we will feature below make a strong case for that.
Here are 10 of our best Helen Zille quotes from before she became political poison;
- The best tribute we can pay Madiba is to ensure that our political debate focuses on issues of how best we can ensure that each South African child, whatever the circumstances of their birth, inherits freedom they can use.
- Perhaps because the challenges we face in our country are so daunting, we are also tempted by shortcuts. We tell ourselves that if we invent a new acronym, or write a new empowerment charter, we can avoid some of the back-breaking work that sustained progress requires
- Between Twitter and Facebook, I have nearly 70,000 followers, so my colleagues receive the responses. They show some of them to me, and I am always interested to read what people have to say. I filter all the information that reaches me, from letters in the newspaper to conversations. There are many influences that shape my decisions, and often people on Twitter are thinking along the same lines as I do on an issue.
- In those days, we had our political differences. But we put them aside to work together for justice. That is why I hid ANC activists in my house in the 1980s. It is why I worked as a journalist to expose the murder of Steve Biko by the security police. In those days, we worked together for change. And that is what I remember when I think back to those early days of democracy.
- The future we are building is a place where talent, innovation, and hard work are more important than political connections. A place where every individual has the power and the freedom to become the best they can be.
- The internet must be used to maximize open communication and we should encourage the expansion of its use.
- This government’s preoccupation with race has nothing to do with empowering those disadvantaged by apartheid. It has everything to do with empowering a small elite through cronyism and patronage.
- Once a government has committed itself to cutting crime and corruption, it can get on with growing the economy and creating jobs. And that starts with our children’s education.
- The ANC of today is not Nelson Mandela’s ANC. They are two different parties, which just happen to have the same name. “A better life for all” has become “a better life for some”. The good story ended in 2007.
- The new government that came into office in 1994 had an enormous challenge: to reverse the injustice of the past and create a better life for all. Those early days of democracy were not perfect. There is no perfect government anywhere in the world. But things did change for the better. Let me repeat: things changed for the better.