OMBUDSMAN ORDERS ACTION AGAINST PREMIER HELEN ZILLE FOR COLONIALISM TWEET

PRETORIA– South African Public Protector (Ombudsman) Busiswe Mkhwebane has found that the Premier of Western Cape Province, Hellen Zille, had failed to act in good faith and in the best interest of good governance when she posted a tweet on colonialism.

Mkwhebane released investigation reports and delivered the quarterly update on the work of her office Monday. Last year, Zille had tweeted that colonialism wasn’t all negative. She later apologized, saying the comments were not a defence of colonialism.

Khaya Magaxa, the acting chairperson of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) in Western Cape, where it is in the opposition, had filed a complaint with the Public Protector’s office regardig Zille’s tweet.

As part of the remedial actions, Mkhwebane ordered the Western Cape legislature to take action against Zille. In the light of the above findings, I make the following remedial actions. The Speaker of the provincial Western Cape legislature must within 30 days, from the date of this report tabled before the Western Cape legislature, for it to take appropriate action to hold the Premier accountable as contemplated in section 114(2), 133(2) and (3)(a0 and 13691) and 2(b) of the Constitution, says Mkhwebane.

The ANC in Western Cape welcomed the Public Protector’s finding and Magaxa said the party felt indicated. Anyone who is still praising the past, that particular person does not deserve to be in any government, and therefore she deserve to apologise to us as the ANC, not only us as the opposition but to the entire South Africa, especially in the Western Cape, where we have an experience of colonialism destroying the existence of Khoisan people in this province, said Magaxa.

Zille’s office said the Premier had not received the actual report, outlining the reasons for Mkhwebane’s finding but added that she would ikely seek a judicial review on the findings made by Mkhwebane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK