Tony Leon slams protector's 'mad' Zille tweet ruling

12 June 2018 - 08:00 By Naledi Shange
Tony Leon
Tony Leon
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Former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has criticised a finding by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against Helen Zille‚ again raising questions of her understanding of her own jurisdiction.

Mkhwebane released her findings on a number of reports on Monday afternoon‚ including a ruling that action should be taken against Leon's successor‚ Zille‚ for a controversial colonialism tweet which landed her in hot water with the party’s top brass last year.

Leon took to social media‚ saying Mkhwebane had erred in her findings. “The ruling on the Zille tweet is both bad and mad in law and offends in terms of her even understanding her own jurisdiction let alone the Constitution‚” he said.

“If she now trawls Twitter for ‘persons of influence’ making ‘offensive’ comments there is no end to it but her end must be nigh.”

In March 2017, Zille posted on Twitter: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative‚ think of our independent judiciary‚ transport infrastructure‚ piped water.”

Her tweet caused outrage, resulting in the leadership of the DA announcing her suspension.

Commenting on Zille’s tweet on Monday, Mkhwebane said “the conduct of the premier constitutes improper conduct”, and recommended that the provincial legislature take appropriate action against her.

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