Congress of the People acknowledge Helen Zille’s role in our national politics.
COPE has received the information of her pending withdrawal, from the leadership role of the Democratic Alliance, with mixed feeling.
Helen Zille was an energetic and a determined opponent of apartheid alongside people like Allistair Sparks and others in the heydays of the Rand Daily mail.
She also served as the leader of the End Conscription Campaign in Cape Town. This campaign was affiliated to the United Democratic Front.
Helen Zille, therefore, came into the new democracy as part of the antiapartheid forces.
Over the last two decades, she has been a servant and an advocate of our national constitution. In particular, she has been a tireless monitor of adherence, by government, to the provisions of the constitution.
COPE trusts that her contribution to the ongoing process of democratising South Africa, especially at this time, will not be entirely lost after she bows out.
COPE – President