Pansy Tlakula case heads to Electoral Court

2014-04-29 08:28

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The Electoral Court, sitting in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, will hear an application today brought by opposition parties to force Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Pansy Tlakula to resign.

The United Democratic Movement, the African Christian Democratic Party, the Congress of the People, Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters are calling for her to leave her post.

This follows a forensic investigation by the Treasury on the procurement of the IEC’s Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria.

The probe found the process was neither fair, transparent, nor cost-effective. It found Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform various people what was expected of them in the process.

Tlakula has maintained that she was not accused of corruption in the report.

The Treasury’s report followed a recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her own report into the matter, released in August 2013.

According to The New Age, Tlakula sent a letter to the court on Thursday in the hope that she would not have to go to court today, which was 10 days before the election.

In the letter, Tlakula reportedly said the IEC would not be able to manage the May 7 elections without her.

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