Electoral Court: Pansy Tlakula should be removed

2014-06-18 13:17

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Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula should be removed from her job by Parliament for committing “misconduct” for her role in the R320 million lease saga, the Electoral Court has ruled.

Judge Lotter Wepener said: “In my view the respondent (Tlakula) compromised the independence and integrity of the commission to such an extent that her actions constitute misconduct within the meaning of the Electoral Commission Act. It is conduct that renders her unsuitable for the office of a commissioner and destructive of the very values of the commission.”

A multi-party forum had accused Tlakula of being politically tainted after an investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela revealed that Tlakula had presided over the tender, which eventually was awarded to Abland, a company in which her business partner and ANC MP Thaba Mufamadi, had a 20% stake.

A Treasury forensic investigation into the lease also found Tlakula jointly responsible for the murky deal.

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