Zille describes ANC’s impeachment bid as ‘vexatious’

A motion to impeach the Western Cape Premier will be debated in the Provincial Legislature today.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille seated in the Provincial Legislature. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has described the African National Congress (ANC)'s impeachment bid against her as 'vexatious'.

A motion to impeach Zille will be debated in the Provincial Legislature today.

The ANC has accused her of misconduct after it emerged the provincial government had hired a private investigator several years ago to 'debug' her mobile phone and those of her cabinet colleagues.

But the ANC claims the investigator, who has since been criminally charged, was hired to spy on opposition and Democratic Alliance members.

The premier's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says, "The premier hasn't been charged by the National Prosecuting Authority. We actually don't know what the ANC is trying to get at. The claims are absolutely baseless. They're nonsense."