UDM: Recommendation on Tlakula overdue

2014-06-18 17:01
Pansy Tlakula (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Electoral Court's recommendation that IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula be removed from her position is long overdue, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said on Wednesday.

"We welcome the decision by the Electoral Court. It is long overdue. She has been wasting everybody's time," Holomisa said.

In written judgment on Wednesday, Judge Lotter Wepener recommended Tlakula be removed from her post.

The court concluded Tlakula had committed misconduct to an extent warranting her removal from office.

The relevant committee of the National Assembly would consider the court's recommendation and decide on further steps.

Holomisa said: "She [Tlakula] should have read the signal from the word go when the public protector found she was involved in a conflict of interest transaction."

Holomisa said Tlakula's arrogance did not help her.

"She flatly refused to co-operate with forensic auditors."

Comment from Tlakula and the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was not immediately available.

Five opposition parties, led by the UDM, approached the court over the leasing of the IEC's new headquarters in Centurion in 2009.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last year recommended that Parliament consider action against Tlakula for her "grossly irregular" role in the building's procurement.

Madonsela found, among other things, 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 owns the building and was awarded the R320m contract to lease it.

The Electoral Court found Tlakula had compromised the IEC and that her actions could have detracted from public confidence in it.

"In my view, the respondent compromised the independence and integrity of the commission to such an extent that her actions complained of constitute misconduct within the meaning of the Electoral Commission Act," Wepener said in the written ruling.

The African National Congress noted reports on the judgment and said the court's recommendation would be referred to Parliament.

"The ANC will await the outcome of these processes before making any statements on this matter," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

- SAPA
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