Zille's colonialism tweet violated executive ethics code - PP

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s tweet about colonialism violated the Executive Members Ethics Code.

Mkhwebane provided a quarterly update on the performance of her office and released several reports at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

Last year, Zille tweeted: “For those claiming that the legacy of colonialism was only negative, they should look at various aspects of South Africa’s development, such as the judiciary and other infrastructure.”

Eyewitness News reporter, Barry Bateman was at the briefing.

On the finding of whether this violated the provisions of the Executive Members Ethics Code, Mkhwebane finding that it indeed it does. Mkhwebane saying that while its comments are protected by section 16 of the Constitution which relates to freedom of expression, this comment was offensive and insensitive to sections of the population.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Mkhwebane went on to say that section 16 of the Constitution, I quote, was therefore not created to allow anyone, particularly those in a position of influence, to make such statements.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

It has been referred to the speaker of the Western Cape legislature where this report is to be tabled and the speaker is required to take the appropriate action against Zille.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

I can already tell you in a letter of correspondence that Zille has given to the Public Protector, she is going to be taking this on judicial review.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Click on the link below to listen to the full report.....


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