Johannesburg - The Electoral Court sitting in the South
Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg wants a full inquiry into the application
calling for IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula
Judge Lotter Wepener on Tuesday told Advocate Daniel
Berger, for Tlakula, the court would give her until 17:00 on Thursday to
respond to the reports against her.
"The court will give you time to respond and have a
full inquiry on Friday," he said.
"We can even start early. A Friday is a Friday and
we have a lot to say."
After a five minute break for consultation, Berger said
he could not accede to the court's demand.
Earlier, Berger argued that Tlakula never had time to
respond to two reports opposition parties used as a reference to call for her
The parties calling for Tlakula's resignation are the
United Democratic Movement, the African Christian Democratic Party, the
Congress of the People, Agang SA, and the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The application follows a forensic investigation by the
Treasury on the procurement of the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) Riverside
Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria.
The probe found the process was neither fair,
transparent, nor cost-effective. It also found Tlakula did not give guidance or
formally inform various people what was expected of them in the process.
Tlakula has maintained 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
Berger told the court on Tuesday that Tlakula did not
have sufficient time to respond to Madonsela's report.
"It is potentially unfair to expect her to formulate
her definitive response... within 24 hours," he earlier told the court.
He said she was given a day to file her responding
affidavit to the court and that was not enough time.
Berger said there was information in Madonsela's final
report that Tlakula was not given time to respond to.
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