South Africa Presidency Says Briefing on Budget Was Confidential

South African President Jacob Zuma is “disappointed” that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille released confidential information to the public, the Presidency said.

The consultative meeting convened by Zuma with the premiers of the country’s nine provinces before the State of the Nation address on Feb. 11 and the Finance Minister’s budget speech on Feb. 24 was confidential, it said in an e-mailed statement.

“The confidential contents of the consultation have been released to the public by Ms Zille without authorization,” according to the statement.

On Tuesday, Zille said premiers were informed that the government would make deep cuts to budget allocations in the coming fiscal year, requiring spending curbs on personnel and infrastructure.

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