Written responses sought on Tlakula report

2013-09-25 22:14
Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - A parliamentary ad hoc committee has requested written responses from IEC chair Pansy Tlakula on a report on the leasing of the IEC head office in Centurion.

The committee was established after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula had played a "grossly irregular" role in procuring the Riverside Office Park building.

Madonsela's probe into the complaint lodged by United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa found improper conduct and maladministration on Tlakula's part, and a conflict of interest involving a co-director, with whom she was accused of being romantically involved.

The report recommends that Parliament take action against Tlakula.

On Wednesday, ANC MP Buti Manamela said the ANC first required a written reply from Tlakula to the report before the committee could even think of considering the report.

"As chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission [IEC], Advocate Pansy Tlakula has not been given an opportunity to provide submissions in response to the report," Manamela said.

MPs agreed input from Tlakula was vital.

It also emerged the committee is questioning its own mandate to "consider" Madonsela's findings and submit a report to the National Assembly by 31 October.

Seeking legal opinion

In a statement released after Wednesday's meeting, committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers said legal opinion was vital to clarifying the mandate of the committee.

"The committee would also like a legal opinion on how far the committee and the National Assembly can deal with the public protector’s report or with any other Chapter Nine institutions and their findings," Landers said.

Written responses would also be requested from the auditor general's office on the lease agreement as well as the previous IEC commissioners.

The findings against Tlakula date back to when she was still IEC CEO, before her appointment as chairperson in 2011.

Read more on:    udm  |  iec  |  bantu holomisa  |  pansy tlakula  |  thuli madonsela  |  cape town  |  parliament 2013  |  politics  |  elections 2014

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