DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille has announced she will be closing her existing Twitter account in exchange for a new private one, as Twitter had been reduced to "a platform for irrationality and mob-lynching".
On Monday, she tweeted that she was opening a private Twitter account for "people interested in rational debate only".
Some Twitter users asked if the little girl was her slave or being trained to be a domestic worker.
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On Monday, she said goodbye and "good riddance to the haters, bots and sock-puppets that constitute such a large percentage of my 1.4-million plus followers".
Explaining her decision, she said: "Twitter has degenerated into a platform for irrationality and mob-lynching. Everything that can be distorted and twisted for a hate-filled agenda, is used for the purpose of manufacturing outrage and inflicting maximum damage."
"For a long time I have sought to promote Twitter as a platform for rational and civil debate, but it clearly is not possible. It has degenerated into a space of distortion, de-contextualisation, demonization, delegitimation and double standards."