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From dynamic leader to Twitter lunacy - what on Earth happened to Zille?

Whatever her problem is, her reckless behaviour on social media has probably killed the DA’s election hopes

Editor: Vrye Weekblad

After her latest mindless, Trump-esque Twitter bomb, even some of Helen Zille’s staunchest supporters have stopped defending her blindly and ask the question many of her old friends and allies have asked for a while: what on Earth has gone wrong with Helen? What we’re witnessing now is not the Helen we knew, some of them say.

It is indeed a riddle. How did she move from being a progressive anti-apartheid activist, a dynamic politician who has done more than anyone else to make the DA a real factor in SA politics, the best mayor in the country and an outstanding premier, to a reactionary unguided missile that is systematically destroying her party from the inside?

It was buzzing on Facebook, Twitter and many WhatsApp groups: is Helen perhaps unstable? Does she need help? Is she showing early signs of dementia? Did something terrible happen to her that we don’t know about that has affected her judgement and view of society?..

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