Pansy Tlakula inquiry to continue

2014-05-02 08:20

The Electoral Court is due to hold an inquiry today into an application seeking the resignation of Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula.

The court, sitting in the high court in Joburg, was expected to start the inquiry at 10am. It postponed the matter on Tuesday to give Tlakula time to file a responding affidavit.

Opposition parties want Tlakula to resign as IEC chairperson before the May 7 national elections, arguing that her integrity has been compromised. The parties are the United Democratic Movement, the African Christian Democratic Party, Cope, Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Their application follows a forensic investigation by the National Treasury into the procurement of the IEC’s Riverside Office Park building in Centurion.

The probe found the process was neither fair, transparent, nor cost-effective. It found Tlakula neither gave guidance nor formally informed various people what was expected of them in the process.

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

The report followed a recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her own report into the matter, released in August last year.

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