Pretoria - Opposition parties will initiate legal
proceedings against the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) if chairperson
does not resign, EFF leader Julius Malema
said on Tuesday.
"You cannot separate the issues of maladministration
and corruption on the [acquisition] of the property from having such acts
happening during the elections," Malema said after a multi-party forum
meeting with the IEC in Pretoria.
"It is in the interest of the unity of this country,
to avoid the possibility of civil war and disputed election results. She has
seven days to step down or appropriate action will be announced regarding what
is going to follow."
The forum of opposition parties met to discuss Public
Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding on the Nkandla upgrades and controversy
Chairperson of the multi-party forum, Bantu Holomisa, who
also heads the UDM, said the opposition parties resolved to push for Tlakula's
"All the political parties present, with the
exception of the Democratic Alliance and the Freedom Front Plus, agreed that Advocate
Tlakula must resign immediately," Holomisa said.
"Should she refuse to resign, the parties who are in
agreement will pursue legal action."
The parties said there was no discussion about boycotting
the 7 May elections.
The forum consists of the African Christian Democratic
Party (ACDP), Agang SA, Azapo, EFF, FF Plus, IFP, United Christian Democratic
Party, and Holomisa's UDM.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said the electoral body
should be headed by a person "without a whiff of a cloud over her
"If the electoral process is conducted under a cloud
hanging over the head of the chair [Tlakula], we cannot say citizens have the
power to hold public officials accountable," she said.
"It is ultimately disrespectful of South African
citizens to have a chair implicated in issues raised by both the Public Protector
and the forensic audit presiding over an election."
A forensic investigation by auditors
PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the National Treasury on the procurement of
the IEC's Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria, was released last
It indicated the procurement process was not fair,
transparent, or cost-effective.
It found Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform
various people what was expected of them in the process.
On Nkandla, the parties resolved to convene another
summit after President Jacob Zuma had addressed Parliament, as ordered by
In her report on the upgrades at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal,
titled "Secure in Comfort", Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found
Zuma had unduly benefited from improvements to his private homestead.
These included a cattle kraal and swimming pool built
with taxpayers' money. She stated in the report that he should refund a portion
of the R246m cost.
The parties also discussed what they called a manipulation
of the SABC by the ANC.
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