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Zuma praises IEC commissioners

2011-10-16 07:46

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma praised the Independent Electoral's outgoing commissioners on Saturday, saying they served the country with distinction.

Speaking at a gala dinner in Sandton, Zuma said their work had resulted in South Africa's electoral processes being admired the world over.

He said outgoing Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairwoman Brigalia Bam, and commissioners Thoko Mpumlwana and Fanie van der Merwe had been involved in six successful elections.

"We are truly proud of what the IEC has done in the past 14 years."

Zuma said the IEC had made it clear to all South Africans that the government was chosen through the ballot.

"This is a notable achievement of our country and our democracy."

He said the fact that the IEC was being asked to work in other countries was an indication of the high regard in which it is held.

"You sterling work has not gone unnoticed. We thank you all for a job well done," said Zuma.

The outgoing commissioners were appointed by Nelson Mandela during his term of office. The fourth commissioner Terry Tselane has served for the past seven years and is likely to serve another term if the recommendations of parliament's ad hoc committee on nominations for IEC commissioners are followed.

The committee has also recommended that the current chief electoral officer Pansy Tlakula along with Bongani Finca and Raenette Taljaard replace the outgoing commissioners.

IEC commissioners serve terms of seven years that may be renewed for a further seven years.

Comments
  • Derk - 2011-10-16 08:03

    how about you serving out country with distinction Zoomhead

      Spyker - 2011-10-16 11:53

      The IEC serves/ed only the ANC's fascist regime. While to date elections may have been 'free' - to maintain the facade to the West (eg to keep Nato's planes in Libya...) - since '94, none of the elections in SA have been FAIR. Election results have been liberally manipulated in '94 and every election since. During the last election, the ANC did not get more than 50% - 55%, of the bona fide vote. Elections in countries that claim to be 'democratic' must be done under the administration of a wholly independent international body. Such countries will be members of the 'League of Democratic Nations' [LDN] and fund the LND - but there, their involvement ends. This legitimately INDEPENDENT Electoral Commission (viz not the farcical joke of SA) will be run wholly independently and the funding nations will have absolutely no control over its running. The real reason the ANC is suddenly soooo obsessed the 'sovereignty' of nations, is to attempt to create a veil, to continue the oppression (specifically the theft from...) the white minority of SA. Obscure is it not, during the "Struggle", the ANC were not only overtly contempt for every rat-and-his-dog to stick its nose in SA's business, they were even happier to parasite off their free hand-outs (eg Thabo Mbeki living in London FOR FREE, for doing little more than picking his nose and orchestrating the killing of innocent civilians - no surprises that they have continued unabated). I say - NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION...

  • errol.wagner - 2011-10-16 08:13

    We must certainly celebrate efficient public service, but why ANC, a gala dinner in Sandton when so many people in this country are so poor that they are struggling afford a decent meal - how do you justify extravagance? I would like to know what this dinner cost? You are feeding people who in fact need to eat less and drink less. Why not just have a low-key, low-cost affair? Sounds like the queen of France before the revolution, who on hearing that the masses had no bread, responded, 'Let them eat cake if they do not have bread!'. If you are so concerned about the poor, why not cancel all costly celebrations and give the money to feed the poor, or put it in education.

      Craig - 2011-10-16 14:20

      It's always gravy time on the gravy train.

  • Dave - 2011-10-16 08:22

    You will never see the ANC miss a chance at blowing their own trumpet, or a good pi$$ up at the tax payers expence.

  • John - 2011-10-16 08:28

    Any stupid reason to drown themselves in JW Black. Useless cretins!

  • peter.storbeck - 2011-10-16 08:57

    Bar the first election, where political expediency rules, they have done a good job. I have personally seen improvements over the last few elections, especially around staff training (my first election as a DA volunteer, we ended up explaining the process, thereby speeding up counting, with the support of the other political party election monitors). They deserved a good send off.

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-16 09:06

    is this the same IEC that said the ZIMBABWE elections were free and fair ? thats showerhead for you no clue whats going on around him, the only time he's awake is when female feromones waft pass his nose, the intellectual goat herder

  • Anthony - 2011-10-16 09:44

    news24 truth hurts

  • Fakmore - 2011-10-16 09:48

    "Why do we have to entertain this sex-crazed vile baffoon" - UK Daily Mirror.... I suppose these gentle women in the IEC were not capable of bullying you Mr Zuma, like Ghadaffi did in the African Union...so you can breath and fart your relief now Ghadhafi is on the run...thanks to the UN resolution to bomb Libya to the dark ages you supported,

  • John - 2011-10-16 12:30

    they work for him, I think?

  • John - 2011-10-16 14:10

    Spyker would you like to share your classification of the ANC as Fascists? I know that they are infiltrated and controlled by the communists, as revealed, once again, in the book 'The Communistisation of the ANC' by Gerard Luddi, the spy who infiltrated them.

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