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South African Politician Helen Zille is Again Defending Colonialism

Repetition does not a valid point make, Helen.

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, is back to defending her comments on colonialism on social media. Needless to say, South Africans are neither impressed nor surprised.


In 2017, Zille came under heavy fire from not only the South African public but opposition political parties as well as her own political party after she tweeted that the legacy of colonialism wasn't all that bad. Zille refused to apologize and instead dug in her heels, insisting that she had made a clear distinction between the system of colonialism and its legacy. Zille pointed out that the infrastructure that was developed during the colonial era was a positive thing.

According to TimesLIVE, Zille recently reiterated her comments on colonialism in response to one Twitter user.

Comments made by the likes of Zille, who still has considerable socio-political influence, are dangerous. In what may appear to be an intellectually sound argument (for some and certainly for Zille) is in actual fact a fallacy. Effectively, what Zille implies is that although colonialism was "terrible", South Africans should look at the bright side because they now have things they otherwise would not have had.

Although Zille's tweets about colonialism were investigated by the South African Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and found to have violated the Constitution, a prominent law expert argued that her decision was flawed and would probably be put aside following a review by the relevant courts.


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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