IEC building procurement 'irregular'

2013-08-26 11:30
Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - The process followed by IEC chairperson advocate Pansy Tlakula and her executive committee in the procurement of the Riverside Office Park building in Centurion was "grossly irregular", Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

"While there was no impropriety with regard to the commission handling its own procurement of immovable assets as a constitutional institution, the process followed by Advocate Tlakula and her exco [executive committee] in the procurement....was grossly irregular," she said at a media briefing.

Madonsela said it was characterised by a violation of procurement legislations and prescripts.

Madonsela also apologised to Tlakula for sending her the report late.

"To advocate Tlakula, I apologise that you received the report in the early hours of today [Monday]. I apologise unreservedly," Madonsela said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

In a statement, Tlakula said she received the report on Monday morning.

"Despite many requests to and assurances from the public protector that I would have access to the final report on alleged irregularities around the procurement of the IEC's offices in Centurion at least one day prior to it being published, I only received it at 04:00 this morning [Monday]," Tlakula said.

"It has left me with minimal time to critically review this document before she releases it to the media."

Tlakula said she tried to "engage extensively" with the protector "throughout the process on matters relating to her investigation".
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