But also because she’s a Twitter troll and likes nothing more than to pick fights and stir up tensions between white and black tweeps, which of course routinely lands her in trouble.
Zille recently responded to a post by a Zimbabwean guy who commented on the upcoming SA elections.
@lamb4you (you can’t really be sure if these are real people or bogus accounts) tweeted: “The truth is somewhere in the middle. However, if I were South African, I would vote DA. Not because they are the best, but because democracy has to be fostered like a delicate flame. But what do I know, I am a mere Zimbabwean. As you were. PS: Juju shall be greater later though.”
Perfect opportunity for Zille to rek her bek and reply: “As a Zimbabwean, you know a lot more than many South Africans about the inevitable consequences of ANC policies. Thanks for your insights.”
Now, with all respect and sympathy for the situation in Zim, what nonsense!
If Zimbabweans knew the consequences of their bad policies, why do so many continue to vote for Zanu-PF?
They have not fostered the delicate flame of democracy, but have only added fuel as the country continues to burn.
Zille knows this all too well, but she’s campaigning ahead of the 8 May polls, so she’ll take any chance at a pot shot she can get.
One point Munier can’t dispute, though, is voting DA, “not because they are the best” but in the interests of democracy.
Not sure what @lamb4you was trying to say here, but it got Munier thinking.
The DA’s election campaign has been based on the sales pitch that they are the best party to lead, for: job creation; clean governance; economic recovery; land reform; electricity security; and anything else your heart desires.
Well, are they the best to lead SA? Can’t say, can we? Because they have not ruled the country - not even for one term.
They’ve governed the Western Cape for two terms.
OK, they’ve bungled the water crisis and milked ratepayers in the process.
And they’ve done little to reverse apartheid spatial planning and develop affordable housing.
But in terms of providing services and clean governance, the Kaap does come out tops.
Then, you also need to bear in mind the DA has only governed in one province - nine is a different story.
Meanwhile, over at the complacent ANC - who have been weighed down by state capture and the Eskom crisis - it’s not a question of who will win the election, but by how much they’ll win.
Wouldn’t it be nice to put Mmusi Maimane in the hot seat and see if his crew can walk the talk? Even if it’s just for one term.
So what is Munier trying to say here: vote DA? No.
Vote for whomever you want. Vote for the party or leader of your choice, vote emotionally, vote strategically... but go out and vote.
And if you regret your decision, you can change your mind and vote differently next time.
That’s democracy for you.