Parliament to await outcome of Tlakula appeal

2014-06-20 17:13
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Cape Town - Parliament will await the outcome of IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula's appeal against the Electoral Court judgment finding her guilty of misconduct before it takes the recommended steps in the matter, the ANC chief whip's office said on Friday.

"In the light of her intention to challenge the ruling of the Electoral Court, we hold the view that the National Assembly should await the conclusion of the legal process before it exercises its obligations in terms of the law," it said.

"It would indeed be premature and legally untenable for the institution to initiate a process and take a decision on a matter that is pending in court."

The Electoral Court has found that Tlakula broke the law in regard to the procurement of new leased premises for the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) and recommended that a committee of the National Assembly find that it warranted her removal from office.

Tlakula plans to appeal to the Constitutional Court and has asked President Jacob Zuma for a leave of absence while that process is underway.

"Advocate Tlakula has taken the decision to institute an appeal to the Constitutional Court to have all these issues finally determined," her lawyer Leslie Mkhabela said on Friday.

"In the meanwhile, she will be approaching the president of the republic to seek his permission to take leave of absence from office while the appeal process is underway."

Several opposition parties approached the Electoral Court seeking Tlakula's resignation as IEC chairwoman before the 7 May elections.

This followed a report by the public protector and a subsequent forensic investigation by the National Treasury into the procurement of the IEC's Riverside Office Park headquarters building in Centurion.

Tlakula was chief electoral officer at the time.

Mkhabela said Tlakula was "obviously disappointed" with the Electoral Court judgment and assessed that it contained a number of "critical errors of fact".

"It also raises important constitutional issues regarding the removal of commissioners from office."

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