Why Godzille just won't let it go


- city-press.news24.com | 3 months ago

An unrestrained, battle-scarred –and battle-ready – indefatigable Helen Zille would have caused more harm had she not returned to politics, writes Sy MakaringeEvery year around this time, outstanding achievers in various industries are acknowledged for their exemplary leadership and impressive contributions to their respective sectors.

There are, however, a few individuals who stand out, and someone who deserves a Bell’s is Professor Johann Maree for his ingenuity, sharp-mindedness and tactical ability to cleanly deflect harm – mental or physical – away from himself. At his advanced age, the septuagenarian had hoped he and Helen Zille, his wife of 37 years, would quietly slip into retirement after she completed her term as the premier of the Western Cape earlier this year.

After immersing herself deep in DA and national politics for many years, during which she had spats with political heavyweights including Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema; fellow DA leaders Mmusi Maimane, Herman Mashaba and Athol Trollip; and journalists such as Max du Preez and Richard Poplak, the good prof felt it was about time for Zille to call it quits so they could spend quality time in their twilight years with their granddaughter.

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