- The now famous colonialism tweet by Helen Zille is the talk of the town now that the Public Protector decided to take the Western Cape premier on about it
- Busisiwe Mkhwebane claims Zille's tweet could incite violence and goes against the South African constitution
- South Africans are losing faith in Mkhwebane's ability to be a good Public Prosecutor, this case is fuelling the public's feelings
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane seems to have her guns out for Helen Zille. She went after Zille's colonialism tweet like a dog with a juicy piece of steak.
For those who missed the story, here are 5 facts of the Mkhwebane vs Zille case:
This is the tweet that started it all:
1. Mkhwebane found that Zille’s tweet about colonialism violated the Constitution. Her reason: It is capable of stirring up racial violence.
2. Zille responded by saying she will then have to take the report on review. She feels that the finding is not only unlawful, but irrational as well.
3. The Public Protector has given the Speaker of the Western Cape Legislature, Sharna Fernandez, orders to take proper action against Zille within 30 days. Fernandez stated she is yet to receive Mkhwebane’s report.
4. Most people with legal knowledge think the Public Protector's grasp of the law is limited in this case. She is misinterpreting the law. She went beyond her office's jurisdiction.
5. This case could be the last nail in Mkhwebane's career coffin. The Democratic Alliance told Members of Parliament there is evidence to support an inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.
The South African public has many views on the case:
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