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Zille vs Ntuli: DA has double standards

Mbali Ntuli. (Picture: Twitter)
Mbali Ntuli. (Picture: Twitter)
Mbali Ntuli shows how contradictory the DA is.

Former Democratic Alliance youth leader Mbali Ntuli has accused the party of having double standards after a fiasco involving herself and former DA leader Helen Zille.

Mbali Ntuli has been charged with breaching the DA’s social media policy after she liked an anti-Zille comment. Ntuli was charged with breaching the DA’s social media policy after liking a Facebook comment that called Helen Zille a racist.

On December 23, 2016 Ntuli shared an article by the Huffington Post titled ‘This Thread Covers Everything We Want To Say About Zille’s Tweets.’

In the repost, Ntuli wrote that the Western Cape premier had posted ‘some outrageous things’ on Twitter without any consequences.

She called the DA out for having double standards because she expressed her belief that another person would have faced dire consequences, had they done the same thing as Zille had.

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille speaks at a news conference in Cape Town, January 28, 2014. Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will run as presidential candidate for the DA in this year's South African election, giving the main opposition party a respected black figurehead to challenge the ruling ANC. Mamphele, a medical doctor and former World Bank managing director, commands wide admiration among South Africa's black majority as the partner of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, beaten to death in apartheid police custody in 1977. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
Western Cape premier and former DA leader Helen Zille speaks at a news conference in Cape Town. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

‘The problem as far as I’m concerned is when some Councillor or public rep tweets the same sort of thing and faces the full wrath of the public and suddenly the party.’

‘As a party we should be clear about why some leaders can say whatever they want with impunity and others cannot. A little consistency would be nice.’

The post sparked a massive debate among Facebook users about the issue of race. One user ended up commenting ‘Helen Zille is racist.’

According to acting DA leader leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, Ntuli liked the comment. It’s reported that this is the reason he laid the charge against her.

Facebook users warned Ntuli back in December that there would be consequences for her post.

The charges against Ntuli follow the charges against Helen Zille. Both women were charged with shaming the DA and giving the party a bad name.

But there still is one major difference that highlights the double standard of the DA. DA leader Mmusi Maimane and other party leaders have criticised Zille’s comments. But Ntuli faces possible expulsion from the party, for liking a comment.

People have taken to social media to voice their thoughts on the issue. Many are in support of Ntuli’s argument that the DA has double standards.

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Yasmeen Osman