Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says she will be taking the public protector's findings that she violated the executive ethics code, on review.
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Zille violated the code by exposing herself to a possible conflict of interest involving her son, Paul Maree.
Mkhwebane released details of her findings during a briefing on Wednesday.
Zille is said to have helped Maree - who is a maths teacher - loan tablets from the province's education department to be used in extra maths lessons for matric pupils.
I will betaking it on review immediately. It is frankly irrational.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Zille has denied claims that she specifically requested tablets for the benefit of her son's project.
He [her son] mentioned that he was going to have to cancel the free revision workshops because there was an inadequate digital platform. I, at my weekly meeting with the director general of the province, happened to mention this to him and he reminded me that the Western Cape Education Department had already some months earlier begun the procurement process for tablets for exactly this kind of programme. I mentioned this to the DG and said is it possible to get them to arrive at the beginning of the holiday rather than at the end.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
If there could have been any perception of a conflict of interest, it was mitigated by me saying in writing that it had to be available to everyone.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
They were certainly not procured specifically for my son. It just happened to have been appropriate for what he was trying to do in the holidays.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
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