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Zille, tweeting and inanity: more reasons for white South Africans to shut up

- Professor David Everatt

It’s remarkable how much of a shitstorm Twitter creates when in the hands of politicians – with serious costs for the rest of us.

Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape province and former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance’s (DA), is – according to her acolytes in the press and most of white South African Facebook followers – irredeemably insightful, strong, lover of truth, seeker after justice, Biko champion and barely a whisker away from being canonised.

Championed by luminaries ranging from ostensible liberals and outright righwingers, how could she possibly go wrong?

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