The African National Congress in the Western Cape has called on the province’s premier to resign and spare herself the humiliation of losing a motion of no confidence.
According to a report by Eyewitness News, ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko said that the party would be meeting to consider bringing another motion of no confidence against the premier in light of the Public Protector’s findings, announced on Monday.
“It is likely when we bring a vote of no confidence against Helen Zille and the Speaker allows a secret ballot, Helen Zille will go,” Diko is reported to have said.
The ANC said it will decide at a caucus meeting on Tuesday whether it would bring another motion of no confidence in the premier. Last year, the party brought a motion of no confidence in response to tweets the premier made about colonialism.
They, however, lost that motion but say that the Public Protector’s findings vindicate them.
On Monday, Busisiwe Mkhwebane found tweets that the premier had posted offensive and insensitive. The premier has 30 days within to respond to the Public Protector’s findings.
The premier, however, has already announced that she plans to challenge the findings. Her spokesperson, Michael Mpofu, said that the premier did not accept the finding as it was unlawful and irrational.
“The premier has already informed the Public Protector that the finding is unlawful and irrational,” Mpofu said.
Last year, the premier found herself at the centre of a media storm after she published a post on Twitter saying “for those claiming that the legacy of colonialism was only negative”, they should look at developments in the country, such as the judiciary and infrastructure.