We catch up with the political powerhouse that is Helen Zille.
When we meet, a week after the May elections, Helen Zille is in the throes of vacating the Western Cape premier’s residence after ten years at the helm of the only province in South Africa not governed by the ANC. Wrapped in her dressing gown, she has flu and is exhausted. “You can see I’m a bit terse. I am sick. There is no fuse left.” She waves our photographer away, saying “there will be no photos today”.
When finally seated in the reception room at Leeuwenhof, Zille has some words of advice for the incoming premier, Alan Winde.