'Zille has the right attitude'

Thuli Madonsela believes Helen Zille has the right attitude regarding a Public Protector probe.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Tuesday said she believes Western Cape Premier Helen Zille should have waited until their scheduled meeting before publicly discussing the leaked draft report of an investigation into a communications contract.

The preliminary report found the contract between the provincial government and ad agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris was "invalid" and suggested it be terminated.

Zille said some of the conclusions in the draft report are "legally flawed".

Madonsela told Eyewitness News one of the complainants is responsible for leaking the draft report.

Madonsela said she believes Zille has the right attitude.

On Sunday, Zille said that if some of the conclusions in Madonsela's draft remain; they may take the matter to court.

The ANC responded and said it is shocked at Zille's attitude towards Madonsela.

Madonsela said Zille's approach was not inappropriate.

"That is the right attitude. If you are not happy with my decision, in terms of Section 181 (3), the best place to seek a second opinion is a court of law."

She said perhaps Zille should have waited for their scheduled meeting on Thursday.