The Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, has reached a settlement with the Democratic Alliance (DA) on her disciplinary hearing. Helen will remain the Premier of the Western Cape, although she will no longer be participating in any DA activities or publicly represent the party. This follows her suspension from the party last week and the series of tweets by the Premier on the legacy of colonialism, which caused public backlash and a disciplinary hearing a few months ago:

Today, she made a public apology for these tweets at a press conference in Johannesburg.

Helen was joined by DA leader Mmusi Maimane in her address. This live apology followed her initial Twitter apology, in which she asserted that her comments on the legacy of colonialism were taken out of context:

Helen produced a nine-page document last week, arguing that she should not be suspended from DA activity. This proved to be unsuccessful as the suspension was carried out anyway.

(This post has been updated)