- Professor Jonathan Jansen from Stellenbosch University said Helen Zille should've made it public that she helped her son obtain state resources to help his tutoring classes
- Zille's son used 150 state tablets to help teach underprivileged children and returned it afterwards
- According to SA's Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Zille violated the Constitution by using state facilities
The Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, came under fire when it was revealed that she was involved in obtaining state tablets for her son's private classes for disadvantaged school children.
While Minister Angie Motshekga has spoken up in the defence of the Western Cape premier, professor Jonathan Jansen from Stellenbosch University said she should have declared her involvement earlier.
The professor said that many leaders slip up in grey areas like this, even when they mean well, according to a report by The Citizen.
Professor Jansen advised politicians and public figures to keep their distance from any situations that could cause a conflict of interest involving their families.
While the involvement of family might be legally permissible and even commendable, it does not measure up to the highest ethical standards for leadership behaviour.
This comes after the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, found that Zille had violated the Constitution by using state facilities for her son's private purposes.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Paul Maree, Zille’s son, had been tutoring underprivileged students at a local school for free and had used the 150 tablets in conjunction with his own project, which aimed to help improve the student's marks.
The tablets were returned after it was used.
The Public Protector gave the Western Cape legislature speaker 30 working days within which to take action and hold Zille accountable.
According to a report by Business Day, Zille will be taking the matter on judicial review.
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