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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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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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