Johannesburg - Former Western Cape premier and leader of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille has joined the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) as a senior policy fellow, the IRR said on Sunday.
"The joining of forces between Ms Zille and the IRR brings together two of the loudest reformist voices in the country," the IRR said in a statement.
In the statement Zille said, "We must defeat the racial nationalist and neo-Marxist ideas that threaten the future of every South African. The IRR provides a platform for all concerned South Africans to contribute to this battle of ideas by doing three things, namely uniting the middle; protecting property rights; and promoting individual freedoms."
The IRR said she would be adding her considerable influence to IRR efforts to build support to stop expropriation without compensation (EWC); protect savings and pensions; halt efforts to destroy the South African healthcare sector through NHI; and adopt empowerment policies based on actual disadvantage rather than race.
Zille had a long record in South African public life. She began her career in journalism, at the Rand Daily Mail, where she helped to uncover the circumstances of the death in detention of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko in 1977.