Zille: Clearly Public Protector doesn't understand the Constitution or the law

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday released a report that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s tweet on colonialism violated the Executive Members Ethics Code and the Constitution.

Mkhwebane says it amounted to an incitement of imminent violence.

Zille tweeted: “For those claiming that the legacy of colonialism was only negative, they should look at various aspects of South Africa’s development, such as the judiciary and other infrastructure.”

Speaking to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, Zille says she will be taking Mkhwebane's findings on review.

Read: PP's office struggles to explain Zille finding on Colonialism tweet

Clearly the Public Protector doesn't understand the Constitution or the law...

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

It is incredibly important for us to protect the Constitution, the values and principles in it.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

Zille says many politians have said that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative, but adds that when she shares the same sentiments there's is a "national meltdown".

For the Public Protector to conclude that inciting people to imminent violence, that can't stand because every time somebody says something that people misinterpret and feel aggrieved by, they could be thought to be inciting imminent violence and that would have profound impact on freedom of speech debates in this country.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

Zille says her lawyers are currently going through Mkhwebane's report and will draw up papers soon.

She says she is very sorry she sent out the tweet given the flak and the meltdown it has caused.

However, she believes even with the ills of colonialism, somethings are worth building on and some should be discarded. She says the matter should be debated.

Of course, we can't get rid of the past but we can analyse the past. Some things are worth building on and some things are worth eradicating and we need to debate which is which...

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

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