A time to worry

2014-04-13 15:00

Mkhuseli Mtsila

Port Elizabeth

The call by opposition parties for the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, to resign is most certainly worrying before the general elections.

It comes at a time when it is becoming the norm in Africa to be suspicious of the electoral bodies that supervise elections.

Sometimes this leads to opposition parties not accepting the results and political instability becomes the order of the day.

In the recent Tlokwe election, the credibility of our own IEC was questioned because of the allegation of vote-rigging.

It happens to many African states that after 20 years of the post-colonial epoch, the voting trends change because the national liberation movement project failed to deliver on its liberation promises.

The mistake we tend to make is to think South Africa is an exceptional case and immune to all the misfortunes that ensued in most parts of our beloved continent.

At some point we thought corruption would never happen in South Africa, and we are not like other parts of the continent where corruption is a norm.

When someone like Tlakula is found guilty by the Public Protector and the Treasury of maladministration in securing a R320?million lease for the IEC’s office in Centurion and violating procurement rules, it becomes a matter of concern.

The best thing to do for the advocate is to resign or at least take a leave of absence until she is cleared of these serious allegations.

This will rescue the credibility of the IEC in the forthcoming elections and ensure that this important chapter?9 institution is performing its function without a cloud hanging over its head.

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