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President Zuma will Heave a Massive Sigh of Relief as Helen Zille Steps Down, Justice Malala Believes

Let Them Eat CakeJustice Malala, political commentator and author of Let Them Eat Cake, has written an article about Helen Zille for the Rand Daily Mail.

On Sunday, Zille announced that she will not stand for re-election as leader of the Democratic Alliance. In the article, Malala considers Zille’s impact on the DA. Big questions are being asked, he says, about the party’s immediate future.

Malala points out that Zille has made “some serious strategic and tactical mistakes”, including the merge with Agang. He says she is also perceived as “shrill and irritable”, both with her own party members and the media. However, he also points out her positive achievements.

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She inherited a party perceived as rabidly right-wing in 2007 and softened it. She lauded and supported the National Development Plan, thereby subtly pushing the party into more centrist politics and away from the hardcore capitalism of the 1990s DA. Crucially, though, since 2007 she has exposed the corruption and bankruptcy at the heart of our current political leadership.

Her rise to the top coincided with the rise of President Jacob Zuma, and he will be heaving a massive sigh of relief as she rides into the sunset.
Zille has run him ragged, exposed his attacks on the constitution and called him out on his laissez faire attitude towards public money.

Under her leadership, the DA has begun to counter the narrative that the DA is a “white” party. Patricia de Lille, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Mmusi Maimane and others have emerged as leaders.

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