Helen Zille wants more blacks in Western Cape

South African liberal opposition leader laments few blacks in white-coloured majority province.

The Western Cape’s “tragic” history is to blame for its small black middle class, premier Helen Zille has reportedly told a skills colloquium.

According to The Cape Times, she said border wars and colonial administrations had played a part in keeping black people out the province.

“We have to face some hard facts. Black people and white people were not in the Western Cape over 300 years ago. As black people were migrating down the east coast, white people were arriving in ships down the west coast.”

“… And that means, by extension, we have a very limited skills base among black people in the Western Cape, and that we need to change urgently.”

Zille was speaking at a skills colloquium hosted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce in Cape Town. – Sapa