No­con­fi­dence vote in He­len Zille put on hold

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Politics - DEN­NIS CRUYWAGEN news@afro­tone.co.za

THE ANC has re­solved to hold off call­ing for a no­con­fi­dence vote in Western Cape premier He­len Zille un­til af­ter she has taken pub­lic pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane’s re­me­dial find­ings against her on a ju­di­cial re­view.

How­ever, the party has urged the speaker of the Western Cape leg­is­la­ture Sharna Fer­nan­dez to get a copy of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s re­port and act against Zille within 30 days as in­structed.

The Western Cape ANC re­it­er­ated that it wel­comed Mkhwe­bane’s find­ings against Zille’s tweets about colo­nial­ism.

The ANC claimed that the for­mer DA na­tional leader had long passed her sellby-date and also urged her to go be­fore she is hu­mil­i­ated.

“The de­fi­ant Zille’s own legacy in the Western Cape is in ru­ins be­cause of her con­tin­ued de­fence of in­de­fen­si­ble tweets and other pro­nounce­ments that brought the prov­ince and coun­try into dis­re­pute,” act­ing ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Khaya Ma­gaxa said.

De­spite Zille’s re­peated apolo­gies for her tweets on the so-called pos­i­tive ef­fects of the legacy of colo­nial­ism, she con­tin­ued to de­fend her­self.

“She clearly has no re­morse. She tries to de­tract from the find­ing against her by hid­ing be­hind free­dom of speech – which free­dom is not ab­so­lute. In Zille keeps on dig­ging deeper the pit she has made for her­self.

“By fo­cus­ing on the pub­lic pro­tec­tor, the DA and Zille clearly are il­lib­er­ally not sub­mit­ting them­selves to our Con­sti­tu­tion and the rule of law. They are not above the law or un­touch­able. The pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s man­date is a le­gal duty to in­ves­ti­gate ethics com­plaints.”

He said it was as­tound­ing that the DA cheered when the same act was used against its op­po­si­tion but came out kick­ing and scream­ing when the party was at the re­ceiv­ing end.

It was also a raw irony that the DA used the same Ex­ec­u­tive Ethics Act against oth­ers but was now ques­tion­ing it. “All are equal be­fore the law and that in­cludes Zille. Zille is bad and not fit to hold such high of­fice. She has lost the con­fi­dence of her party that sus­pended her from all de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions. She keeps em­bar­rass­ing the peo­ple of this prov­ince. She must go now!”

Ma­gaxa said that not even DA leader Mmusi Maimane could save Zille from self-destruc­tion. “She is out of con­trol. She is a re­bel­lious per­son that con­tin­ues to drag down the name, im­age and brand of the prov­ince. The ANC calls on the Western Cape leg­is­la­ture to speed up the process to en­sure her.”

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