Western Cape Premier Helen Zille apologised on Thursday for suggesting that colonialism had positive spin-offs.

Zille's comments triggered an angry response from the ANC.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said Zille seemed to be channelling Hendrik Verwoerd‚ who has largely been referred to as the architect of apartheid.

“For us it is not shocking that a leader of the Democratic Alliance could make such absurd statements‚ glorify colonialism‚” said Kodwa.

Zille caused a stir on Thursday morning when she tweeted that people who claimed the legacy of colonialism was only negative should think “of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water etc”.

“Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest‚ please‚” she wrote in a second tweet.

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But DA leader Mmusi Maimane and party spokesperson Phumzile van Damme differed with Zille’s view.

Van Damme also expressed a similar sentiment.

Shortly after the two tweets‚ Zille tweeted an apology.

Mbali Ntuli‚ the party’s former youth leader and current MPL at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature‚ was the first prominent DA leader to call Zille out.

“It was ONLY negative!!Colonialism=development argument is trash as those subjugated can attest to (sic)‚” she tweeted in reply to Zille.

“It’s like saying Nazism was good for German democracy and their advancements in technology‚” added Ntuli.

But Zille‚ replying to another twitter user‚ @GrahamDowns‚ she said: “I do not know what positive Hitler produced. He stoked up nationalism and authoritarianism and genocide‚ and destruction.”

Other twitter users‚ like @Lazola_Ndamase‚ said the judicial system Zille was colonial.

“The judicial system is colonial hence it sends blacks to jail & leaves land thieves & apartheid murderers untouched‚” he replied.