National 4.8.2016 02:20 pm

Zille needs a vacation to Orania – Mbalula

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Michel Bega

The minister of sport has thrown punches at Western Cape premier Helen Zille amid the uproar about her allegedly white-supremacist tweet.

This after the former DA leader tweeted a picture of black students that she saw the Cape Argus and then called on funders to withdraw their money from the students in response to them expressing their feelings of conflict at being University of Cape Town (UCT) students.

On Twitter, Mbalula asked when Zille would take a vacation to Orania, an Afrikaner-only town located along the Orange River in the arid Karoo region of Northern Cape province.

“When is @helenzille taking a lifetime vacation to Orania. Her resent escapades are not a surprise.Oko wapetsula. !!,” said the minister on Twitter.

The students were helping the newspaper out with one of their editions.

Zille tweeted, “If this woke bunch hate being UCT students so much, pls help them out of their misery and withdraw their funding”.

Makhosani Nwandzule ‏@MakhosaniOscar, responded saying: “@helenzille the real leader of @Our_DA has spoken, the stooge @MmusiMaimane must clean up the mess or leave. Vote 4 Change is now “leave””. To Zille retaliating, “@MakhosaniOscar You are a massive unadulterated racist for claiming that a black leader can’t lead. Sies”.

This led to a great war of words, with some calling the premier a racist and the premier then accusing some Twitter users of “trying to manufacture outrage”.

“@helenzille so are you for thinking black people must keep quiet or leave. Does that leave apply to Western Cape. Must we leave if unhappy?” asked Nwandzule. Nwandzule further said: “@helenzille where should they be? they are very young capable people who are part of UCT.Where should black people be if not in Universities”.

Afrikan @bboichoko tweeted, “@helenzille @Ngoako_B this defence of the silly tweet makes you even more racist than rationale, stop it and apologise. Focus on results”.

Zille didn’t back down, but responded, saying: “Nothing racist. No student of whatever colour should be forced to be at a university if they hate it”.

Gabi Mthombothi ‏@GabiMthombothi lashed out at Zille, saying: “you just couldn’t wait to show your racism day after the elections, so they are right you use people for votes and then this!!!” “. “@GabiMthombothi What is racist about saying that ppl of any race who hate being at university should not waste their time or public money?,” asked Zille.

One Twitter user Charmelle Magill ‏ went as far as saying: “@helenzille I’m not a student, but a 40-year-old woman now embarrassed to have voted for the DA today!!!”.



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