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Hellen Zille upsets MK, EFF fans for calling them ‘Dogs’

A video of DA Federal Chair Helen Zille stating that she won’t let KwaZulu-Natal be “thrown to the dogs” has caused concern among supporters of the EFF and MK Party. However, some have suggested that the intended meaning of the expression may have been misunderstood.


Zille made these comments during a press conference held on Tuesday, 2 July, in Johannesburg. She discussed how the DA and ANC had been unable to reach an agreement on co-governing Gauteng as part of the Government of Provincial Unity (GPU) agreement.

At the briefing, Helen Zille expressed that the ANC had not negotiated in good faith when deciding on the composition of the Gauteng executive.

She stated, “So far, the ANC is only willing to offer the DA a maximum of three seats without specifying how many they are willing to allocate to other parties and how many they wish to retain for themselves, which is clearly not satisfactory.”

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Despite the impasse, Zille stated that they would not withdraw from the KZN GPU. “We are not going to bring KwaZulu-Natal down if they don’t agree to the document terms in Gauteng; we are not going to do that; we are not irresponsible people. We don’t want to hand KwaZulu-Natal to the MK and EFF. It will be a total disaster for that province.

She added: “We are not going to say the people of KZN can be thrown to the dogs”.

On the X app, MK Party and EFF supporters voiced their anger at Helen Zille’s comments.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu retweeted a clip that claimed that Zille had referred to their party as “dogs.”

Fellow EFF MP Mzanele Manyi added: “Zille must retract this STUPID and RACIST statement.”

Meanwhile, former EFF Chair Dali Mpofu tweeted: “Calling lawfully registered political parties voted by the majority of Africans in KZN ‘dogs’? Imagine (the fake public outrage) if she was black.”

Several social media users responded to the criticism and claimed that Helen Zille’s comments were incorrectly interpreted.

@Barney_Ems: “It’s a metaphor. A figure of speech.”

@DiscerningDeb: “It’s a saying, an idiomatic expression. It doesn’t refer to anyone in particular.”

@DonaldMathekga: “Thrown to the dogs’ -that’s not calling them dogs.”


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