Meet Helen Zille, the former leader of Democratic Alliance, South main opposition party, and the current premier of Western Cape.
On Thursday, Zille unleashed a series of controversial tweets, trying to sell some of the "pros" of colonialism.
When some South Africans tried to confirm if she was justifying 300 years of British and Dutch rule, which laid the groundwork for apartheid, Zille specified a few more of the "not bad" aspects of it.
Some South Africans decided to respond to her directly.
There was some masterful reverse trolling.
Some people kindly pointed out that it's not like Africans and their descendants couldn't have figured out these things without colonialism...
In fact, quite the opposite...
She also got a brief history lesson of Africa that hadn't been white-washed.
Like the richest man in history was from modern-day Mali, in west Africa.
And successful Caesarean sections were being performed in Uganda prior to colonialism.
Zille did have some supporters. Like this dude, who praised medical discoveries resulting from human experimentation in Nazi Germany.
Zille, who is of Jewish descent, was quick to shut down that argument, leading others to point out her own hypocrisy.
South Africa remains one of the world’s most unequal societies more than two decades after the end of apartheid. That legacy means black South Africans still lag behind their white counterparts in terms of access to employment, education and healthcare."
Ziller later said she apologized "unreservedly" and had not meant to defend colonialism. Zille is now facing a disciplinary process by her own party, which has recently been fighting to shrug off being seen as a party for white South Africans.
The Democratic Alliance has grappled with other high-profile racially-charged incidents with Zille, who stepped down in 2015, when the party appointed a black leader for the first time.
Last year, one of its party members was charged in court after a Facebook post in which she referred to black people as "monkeys" went viral. In the same year, a senior white judge faced public criticism after making racist comments about black culture and rape.
The overall feeling seemed to be that when people start backing up your argument with Hitler, this is the best way to respond.
Monica Mark is the West Africa Correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Dakar, Senegal.
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