Presidency says Zille spoke out of turn in her latest newsletter

Zille wrote about a meeting between premiers and Zuma in which they were told to make budget cuts.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency is not happy with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after she publicly shared what it says is confidential information without authorisation.

In her Inside Government newsletter yesterday, Zille wrote about a meeting between premiers and President Jacob Zuma's in which they were told to make budget cuts due to the state of the economy and government finances.

Two years ago, Zuma's office lashed out at Zille after she tweeted the president would be announcing the date for the 2014 general elections.

Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says the content of the newsletter is what was communicated to the provincial cabinet.

"We can say to the people of the Western Cape that we are simply alerting them to the fact that we are facing some stringent budget cuts and some key decisions have to be made. We don't see anything wrong with what we have said, and hopefully the presidency can see that too."