SABC News - Criticism mounts against Zilles refugee remarks:Wednesday 28 March 2012

Criticism mounts against Zille's refugee remarks

Wednesday 28 March 2012 06:01


Former Rivonia trialist, Dennis Goldberg, has added to criticism against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on her comments labelling certain learners as refugees. Zille was referring to learners who leave the Eastern Cape and come to the Western Cape for education.

Goldberg was speaking at the Wynberg High School during the 50 year anniversary celebrations of Umkhonto Wesizwe last night. Goldberg was sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment alongside former President Nelson Mandela at the end of the famous Rivonia Trial in1964. He says the Western Cape must resolve some elements of the apartheid legacy.


“The apartheid problem of coloured people who are saying why do these blacks come into our country. Why does Prime Minister Zille (sic) talk about economic refugees of people who were excluded by influx controls and pass laws, who are now free to share in our country in their country, this is an insult to our people,” says Goldberg. 

Meanwhile, the DA Youth movement has launched another controversial poster series, this time, depicting the South African Constitution on fire. The movement held a sit-in outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.  DA Youth spokesperson, Mbali Ntuli, says the poster shows an imminent threat to the Constitution.

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