Former journalist and anti-apartheid activist, Helen Zille, in a recently released self-authored biography, has made interesting revelations in South African politics.
Helen Zille is a former South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) political party leader and one of the most respected South African politicians. She is a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament; and has been the Premier of the province since 2009.
In her book titled Not Without a Fight, Helen reveals that it was of topmost priority for the DA to get Mamphela Ramphele into their party.
Analysts say that she dedicated a chunk of the book to all the attempts to get Ramphele over to the DA party.
Mamphela Ramphele is an academician, businesswoman, former anti-apartheid activist and politician. She is the wife of late African intellectual and hero, Steve Biko.
More revelations from the book as contained in SA reports include:
- Lindiwe Mazibuko’s schemes in launching her campaign for DA leadership using media and “military operations” to destroy Mmusi Maimane’s reputation.
- Zille’s family house was a safe haven for ANC activists like Mcebisi Skwatsha, Nyami Booi, Cameron Dugmore and Tony Yengeni during the apartheid years.
- Zille’s view that in 2001, Tony Leon, former DA leader was “captured” by remaining members of the New National Party in the DA after Marthinus van Schalkwyk and top NNP leaders deflected to the ANC.
- Apartheid’s last spy chief and later director-general of the Western Cape, Niel Barnard, had a bunker furnished with plastic garden chairs where he and his confidants discussed their strategies for control of the province.
- Zille put together a secret group of advisers in the DA called “Some Day” who strategized ways to redeem the party from the NNP and Leon in 2005.
Helen Zille’s book is set to hit book stores this week. The book launch is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town Press Club on Monday at noon.
The book also gave highlights on Zille’s battles with anorexia in her younger days; as well as her fights as a student, journalist and politician over sexism and patriarchy.