Presidency slams Helen Zille over election date tweet

2014-02-07 11:06

South Africans are likely to know the date on which they will be going to the polls today, but DA leader Helen Zille might have spoiled all that. Zille this morning posted this tweet:

Almost three hours later, however, President Jacob Zuma’s office issued a statement accusing Zille of leaking “confidential information”.

The statement, by Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, made no reference to the tweet. It read:

“The Presidency takes serious exception to the leaking by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille of information that arose during a confidential consultation between President Jacob Zuma, Premiers and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) yesterday to discuss election preparations.

“The president hosted the meeting of the IEC and premiers yesterday at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on the sidelines of the Cabinet lekgotla.

“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.”

The statement made no mention of whether the date will, in fact, be announced today or not.

Zuma is responsible for announcing the elections date, and its been widely speculated that the date for this year’s general elections will be in the first half of May.

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