Zille loses court application against Public Protector on colonialism tweets

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Tuesday welcomed the dismissal of former Western Cape premier Helen Zille's application to have her report on her controversial colonialism tweets reviewed and set aside.

On Tuesday, Pretoria High Court Judge Malebo Habedi dismissed Zille's application with costs.

In his judgment, Habedi found that the application was moot and academic since the remedial action had directed the provincial legislature to take action against Zille while she was still premier.

The Public Protector found that Zille's 2018 tweets, where she claimed that the legacy of colonialism was not all bad, was in violation of the executive code of ethics.

The Public Protector is pleased with the outcome of this particular matter because if you recall, the former premier had argued that in arriving at those particular conclusions the Public Protector had been irrational and that the report was riddled with material errors of law.

Oupa Segalwe, Spokesperson - Public Protector spokesperson

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