The South Africa's Western Cape Premier says President Jakob Zuma asked her how she ‘was bearing up personally’.
Following President Jacob Zuma’s visit to some of the Knysna fire disaster areas on Thursday, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said she thought the president, on a personal level, was “empathetic and charming”.
She has always maintained this opinion of the man, having called him charming years ago as well.
Zuma and Zille were accompanied to the area – ravaged by fires fanned by gale-force winds last week – by Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen, DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ as well as other officials.
The premier explained to Zuma the extent of the disaster, which resulted in 10 000 people being evacuated from their homes and several people killed.
They started their site visits in Knysna Heights and later moved to White Location and other affected areas.
Zille – who faced public backlash earlier this week after her apology for her alleged racist tweets in March defending aspects of colonialism’s legacy – took to Twitter stating: “As we walked through the ash and ruins he [Zuma] asked me how I was bearing up personally.”