Casac questions Mkhwebane probe over Zille tweet

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The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) has questioned the Public Protector‘s action in investigating Western Cape Premier Helen Zille‘s controversial tweet.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that Zille’s tweet about colonialism had violated sections of the Executive Members’ ethics code of the Provincial legislature.

In March last year she tweeted “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport and infrastructure”.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the province laid a complaint with the public protector’s office.

Casac’S Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo believes this was not a matter for the Public Protector’s attention.

“One needs to cross check why she finds it necessary to investigate a tweet by the Premier of the Western Cape. You know it will take some stretch of the imagination to see how this fits within the mandate of the office of the public protector which is really there to investigate maladministration and abuse of public power,” explains Naidoo.

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