Not even a handshake for Helen and Herman at Rupert the Bear’s party

Celani Sikhakhane

DA federal chair, Helen Zille and Action SA leader Herman Mashaba failed to kiss and make-up during Johan Rupert’s birthday party. 

This was revealed by Zille during the Newzroom Afrika interview. 

The tense relationship between Mashaba and Zille is a potential threat to the coalition in the Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni Metros. 

Zille revealed that as much as she doesn’t know why Mashaba hates her, she tried to reconcile with him but those attempts were unsuccessful. 

“I have never fought with Mashaba. The issues started when I was elected as the federal chair of the DA,” said Zille. 

“He even labelled me as a racist which was defamatory to my character.”

She said she was angry because she doesn’t remember ever fighting with Mashaba.

She said she even tried to reconcile with Mashaba at Rupert’s party. 

“When I got to the party I saw Mashaba with his wife Connie and went to their table with my friend to greet him. I tried to shake his hand but he refused and snubbed me in front of my friend and his wife. I still don’t know why he hates me so much,” said Zille. 

In response to Zille, Mashaba refused to clarify why he doesn’t get along with Zille and said that he does not need to be friends with her. 

“I don’t want to be friends with Zille in order to maintain our support for the DA candidates. We are in politics here and our duty is to save the country from the ANC. I’m sure Zille doesn’t want to be friends with me. She has a lot of friends and so do I. I have many friends to worry about,” said Mashaba.

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