Zuma tells Mogoeng to find new IEC chair

2014-09-10 16:09

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President Jacob Zuma has asked that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng begin the process of filling former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s position following her resignation.

In terms of the Electoral Commission Act, a panel consisting of the chief justice as chairperson, the Public Protector, and a representative from the Commission on Gender Equality and South African Human Rights Commission had to recommend candidates to the National Assembly, presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

Zuma thanked Tlakula for her years of diligent service to South Africa and for ensuring successful and efficient elections during her tenure as chief electoral officer and electoral commission chairperson.

“Her leadership and direction has not only enabled our citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote diligently, but also successfully ensured free, fair, transparent and credible elections in our country,” Zuma said.

Last Tuesday, Tlakula said she had submitted her letter of resignation to Zuma.

Before the May 7 elections several political parties took her to court, claiming her integrity had been compromised. This followed an investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela into the procurement of the commission’s Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria.

Madonsela found that Tlakula had a relationship, possibly of a romantic nature, with the then chairperson of Parliament’s finance portfolio committee, Thaba Mufamadi.

Mufamadi was a shareholder in Abland, which was awarded the R320 million contract to lease the building.

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