Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has been formally charged for bringing the Democratic Alliance (DA) into disrepute over her tweets regarding colonialism.
The party’s federal executive earlier this month agreed Zille has a prima facie case to answer to.
She will remain in her position during the disciplinary action.
Zille first came under fire for tweeting that colonialism was not all bad. She listed various state functions and structures saying that they would not exist if they hadn’t been implemented under colonialism.
The DA says a series of comments made by Zille following her original tweets on colonialism will form part of the case against her.
It says this exacerbated the matter.
She subsequently apologised, saying she was not defending colonialism or apartheid.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has distanced himself and the party from Zille’s utterances.
The party leader’s stance since day one has been stern and unapologetic on the future of such comments within the DA.