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Helen Zille joins Institute for Race Relations

Helen Zille joins Institute for Race Relations
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in Cape Town, 10 October 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

Former DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille has joined the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) as a senior policy fellow, writer and analyst, it was announced on Sunday.

“I hope to continue the battle of ideas outside of direct party politics and as such, I will be writing and speaking about liberal ideas and solutions to South Africa’s problems,” she said in a video clip.

She added in a statement that the IRR provided a platform to defeat “racial nationalist and neo-Marxist ideas” by doing three things: uniting the middle, protecting property rights and promoting individual freedoms.

Zille, who led the DA between 2007 and 2015, detailed where she would be focusing her influence.

She planned to help build support to stop expropriation of land without compensation; protect savings and pensions; halt efforts to “destroy the South African healthcare sector through NHI [National Health Insurance] and adopt empowerment policies based on actual disadvantage rather than race”.

Zille began her career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, where she helped uncover the circumstances leading to the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko in 1977. DM


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