Fighting fires takes a lot of planning and a lot of heart

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the DA
The devastating fires that tore through the Cape peninsula this week were a sobering reminder of just how destructive this force of nature can be. As I started writing, I was going to tell you that the only human casualties were injuries to two City of Cape Town firefighters and one Working On Fire...  read more
 March 09, 2015
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The Holy Trinity of Democracy

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the DA
On Saturday, the DA held its Gauteng Congress where 1200 delegates met to elect their provincial leadership and debate policy resolutions. Two weeks ago, the DA in the Eastern Cape did the same. In the coming months we will hold our provincial congresses in the remaining seven provinces, as we reg...  read more
 November 24, 2014
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A trillion good reasons to stop Zuma’s Nuclear Deal 

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the DA
When a government department issues a bombshell press statement about a nuclear deal the size of the entire South African budget, and no one in the department except the Minister seems to know about it, alarm bells should be ringing. When the same contentious statement is issued verbatim and ...  read more
 September 29, 2014
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A Mind-Shift is needed to win the war against HIV and AIDS

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
On Saturday night, I attended a fundraiser for a children’s hospice called Iris House. It is an NGO that cares for severely disabled and terminally ill children, and supports their families. At our cabinet meeting last week, we had agreed to lease, for a nominal amount, a dilapidated st...  read more
 August 25, 2014
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Time to unravel the Spy Tapes tangle

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Earlier this year I read an article quoting Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu Natal and Zuma loyalist, predicting that when the infamous “spy tapes” were eventually released, South Africa would learn that “there is nothing (in them) after all”.   Premier Mchunu was...  read more
 August 18, 2014
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Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Gandhi

BY Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Last Sunday, the arrival of another cold front tempted me to stay in bed, nurse my flu, and send apologies to the organisers of an event at Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral. I’m glad I didn’t.  It turned out to be one of those occasions that remind us never to ta...  read more
 July 27, 2014
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