Noconfidence vote in Helen Zille put on hold
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.”