Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille says her court review of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane‘s finding that Zille violated the executive members’ ethics code, could be a great test case for the defence of freedom of speech.

Mkhwebane found that Zille’s tweet about colonialism last year had violated sections of the code for the provincial legislature.

Zille tweeted that “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport and infrastructure.”

She has confirmed she will take the Public Protector’s report on review.

“Now, the bottom line is this, this will be a very important test case around the Constitution. I have very little doubt that it will be ultimately set aside. So ironically, this case can have something of a positive legacy by defending free speech, in a very minor negative thing.”

“But you have a very bad Public Protector and because we do have an independent judiciary the legacy of a bad Public Protector can actually have some positive in judicial outcomes that protect free speech,” explains Zille.

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