Pretoria - The presidency has issued a statement criticising
DA leader Helen Zille for leaking confidential information about the
announcement of the election date.
Earlier on Friday, Zille tweeted that the election date
would be announced on Friday.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the presidency
took "serious exception" to Zille leaking information that arose
during a confidential consultation between President Jacob Zuma, premiers and
the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday to discuss election
"Ms Zille, as premier, sits in meetings discussing
serious matters of state. She should thus respect confidentiality and not abuse
the privilege and trust accorded to her by virtue of her status," said
The president hosted the meeting of the IEC and premiers at
the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on the sidelines of
the Cabinet lekgotla.
Sapa reported that Zille and her spokesperson were not
available for comment.
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