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Zille cries foul

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has accused Jenni Irish-Qobosheane of being impartial.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has accused Jenni Irish-Qobosheane of being impartial.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants to know who instructed a senior official to send an email to ANC members telling them to reject the province's Community Safety Bill.

On Thursday, she called on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate the alleged sender of the mail, Jenni Irish-Qobosheane.

She is currently in charge of Civilian Secretariat for Police Service.

In the email, she asked ANC members to object to the proposed legislation.

The mail went on to say the Democratic Alliance (DA) is trying to degrade the police to the level of municipal police and have the police commissioner answer to a local board.

Zille says it is clear that Irish-Qhobosheane, who is charge Civilian Secretariat for Police Service, used her work email for this.

"The email also constitutes an abuse of state resources to promote a party political agenda. Furthermore, it is intended for the explicit purpose of manipulating a public participation process for party political ends."

Eyewitness News is still waiting for comment from Mthethwa's office, while Irish-Qobosheane is said to be in a meeting.