IEC wants Pansy Tlakula’s dodgy R320m lease set aside

2014-10-09 10:38

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The Independent Electoral Commission has filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court to have the 10-year R320 million lease of its Centurion headquarters set aside.

In court papers, the IEC claims its former chairperson Pansy Tlakula unlawfully committed the commission to nearly R83 million in expenditure, the Sowetan reported. This was not procedurally fair, transparent or competitive.

The newspaper reported that according to the founding affidavit filed by IEC deputy chairperson Terry Tselane, Tlakula did not follow a fair procurement process before signing two addenda to the lease to incur additional immovable and movable fitting-out expenses worth nearly R23 million and R60 million respectively.

The addenda also allowed for unlimited fitting-out expenses at a 2% commission to Abland, the property development firm awarded the lease.

Before the May 7 general election several political parties took Tlakula to court claiming her integrity had been compromised.

This followed an investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela into the procurement of the commission’s Riverside Office Park building.

Madonsela found Tlakula had a relationship, possibly of a romantic nature, with then chairperson of Parliament’s finance portfolio committee, Thaba Mufamadi. Mufamadi was a shareholder in Abland.

The Electoral Court found that her conduct warranted her removal from office. Her application to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the lower court’s ruling was dismissed.

Tlakula resigned in September.

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