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Presidency slaps Zille on the wrist for election tweet

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The presidency says it takes serious exception to Helen Zille leaking confidential information regarding the announcement of the election date.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. (David Harrison, M&G)

The presidency on Friday said it took serious exception to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille leaking confidential information.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zille leaked information that arose during a confidential consultation between President Jacob Zuma, premiers and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday to discuss election preparations.

Maharaj did not specify what Zille leaked. On Friday morning, Zille said on Twitter: "Election date due to be announced today. This weekend is your last chance to REGISTER to vote. Take charge and bring change and jobs to SA!"

"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," Maharaj said.

"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."

Zille and her spokesperson Cameron Arendse could not immediately be reached for comment. Sapa

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