Let’s put Pansy Tlakula matter to rest ­– Lemias Mashile

2014-09-04 21:02

Following Pansy Tlakula’s resignation as IEC head, Parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee will recommend that MPs abandon any formal consideration of the Electoral Court judgment against her.

Today, committee chairperson Lemias Mashile said his committee had met in the morning to consider the matter, three days after Tlakula handed in her resignation to President Jacob Zuma.

“In light of advocate Tlakula’s resignation, the committee has thus resolved and will recommend to the National Assembly to abandon its consideration of the Electoral Court judgment,” he said.

In August last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula’s securing of a R320 million lease for the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC) head office in Pretoria was “irregular”, and flouted procurement regulations.

In June this year, the Electoral Court found this warranted her removal from office.

Tlakula fought the judgment, but her efforts were halted last month when the Constitutional Court dismissed her application to appeal against the Electoral Court’s judgment.

This left Parliament with the task of acting on it, a process likely to have led to Tlakula’s dismissal.

In a statement on Tuesday, issued after her resignation, Tlakula said she had decided to abandon the “process of trying to clear my name” and had resigned to enable the commission to focus on preparations for the 2016 local government elections.

Mashile said his committee wished Tlakula well for the future.

“The committee would like to thank advocate Tlakula for her immense contribution to the Electoral Commission and to South Africa’s democracy as a whole.

“During her tenure, both as chief electoral officer and chairperson of the commission the IEC, she set high standards recognised the world over on how to run efficient electoral systems and processes.”

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