Presidency mum on election announcement

The Presidency has refused to comment that the date of this year’s elections will be announced today.

The Presidency's Mac Maharaj has refused to confirm or deny that the date of this year’s elections will be announced today. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has refused to confirm or deny whether President Jacob Zuma will today announce the date of this year's general elections.

But it has slammed Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for tweeting this morning that Zuma would announce the date later today.

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The Presidency says the Western Cape premier has released confidential information.

The Presidency's Mac Maharaj says Zille has abused her position which placed her inside a confidential meeting.

"The Presidency takes serious exception to the leaking by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille of information that arose during a confidential consultation between the president, the premiers and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday to discuss election preparations."

But he would not confirm whether Zuma would make the announcement later this afternoon."I am not going into the details of whether what she is saying is true or not true in her statement."

The Presidency has subsequently issued a statement accusing Zille of abusing her office by revealing confidential information regarding this year's elections and of leaking the contents of a private meeting.

Maharaj says, "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."

Zille's office has responded, saying the Presidency is overreacting.