Johannesburg - The Electoral Court ruled on Tuesday that
a full inquiry will be heard into an application seeking the resignation of IEC
chairperson Pansy Tlakula
"We are of the opinion that the matter needs further
clarity," Judge Lotter Wepener said.
The court, sitting in the South Gauteng High Court in
Johannesburg, would hear the enquiry on Friday at 10:00. This gave Tlakula
sufficient time to file the necessary affidavit, he said.
The court was hearing an application by opposition
parties to have Tlakula resign as Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) chairperson
ahead of the 7 May national elections.
The parties 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
national 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 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
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