Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane

Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich has issued a fierce criticism of Helen Zille’s first two-and-half-years as Western Cape premier, labelling her an “emperor without clothes” and accusing her of only being interested in “shining like a lamp pole”.

In a press statement headed “Western Cape Premier has no clothes on”, Ehrenreich accuses Zille of spending too much on her image, benefiting “conservative whites” and ignoring the poor.

“We have reached the halfway mark of the premier’s term and all she has managed to do is look younger than when she started her term,” Ehrenreich said.

“This is probably not unusual because what you see is not what you get with this premier.

“There have been a lot of promises and a lot of hot air, but nothing has actually happened besides getting the city to collude in a manner where the premier could dictate the focus.”

Responding last night, Zille said: “No self-respecting journalist, let alone newspaper, would take this kind of gobbledegook seriously.”

Zille has admitted having Botox injections and she has a stylist.

She also tweeted recently that she had her ears pierced for the first time before posing with DA leader in Parliament Lindiwe Mazibuko and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille in a photo shoot. - Cape Argus