- Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is fighting back against a ruling by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, about the controversial colonialism tweet
- Mkhwebane found the Zille’s tweet violated the Constitution and breached the executive member’s ethics code
- Zille said she would be taking the ruling on review because the Public Protector ‘clearly did not understand the Constitution or law
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is fighting back against a ruling by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which found Zille had violated the Constitution and breached the executive member’s code of ethics with her now infamous colonialism tweet because it was an incitement to violence.
Zille said she would be taking the ruling on review because it clearly showed that the Public Protector lacked a basic understanding of the law or the Constitution.
Zille’s challenge comes as the embattled Public Protector faces a possible inquiry into her fitness to hold office. Parliament’s Justice Committee is set to debate the matter before making a decision.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the inquiry, the party denied the calls had anything to do with the ruling against Zille, but rather was about Mkhwebane exhibiting a clear pattern of poor decisions and rulings.
EWN.co.za reported that Mkhwebane’s ruling was not consistent with the law or with other cases involving free speech
Zille said on Wednesday: "I will be taking it on review … because the public protector clearly doesn’t understand the Constitution or the law, and it is incredibly important for us to protect the Constitution and the values and principles in it.
She pointed out that Julius Malema had said health care and transport infrastructure was better under the apartheid government than the ANC government. Zille also pointed out that Moeletsi Mbeki said Africa was better under colonialism.
Yet, Zille noted, when she spoke about the legacy of colonialism there was a national furore and Mkhwebane concluded that she had incited violence.
Zille said: “Now that can’t stand because every time anybody says something that someone else misinterprets and feels aggrieved by‚ they could be thought to be encouraging imminent violence. And that will have a very profound impact on freedom of speech and debate in this country.”
Zille said she was consulting with her legal team and had instructed them to draw up the necessary papers to take the ruling on review. She said it was clear that Mkhwebane didn’t understand her response or willfully ignored it.
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