Nkandla example comes up in Pansy Tlakula case

2014-04-29 17:52

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Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla has featured during arguments in the case of opposition parties seeking the removal of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula ahead of next week’s elections.

During arguments about the urgency of the matter in the Electoral Court today, Judge Lötter Wepener said: “I seriously doubt, realistically and personally, that the National Assembly will convene an ad hoc committee to deliberate on this matter and that the president will get that ad hoc committee’s recommendation by Wednesday next week.”

The Electoral Court can recommend Tlakula’s removal – based on misconduct – to the National Assembly, which will then form a committee that would make a recommendation to the president.

Wepener mentioned the example of the Nkandla committee, which was effectively dissolved because it did not have enough time to complete its work before the elections.

Tlakula’s lawyer today asked for a four-week postponement to allow her to file a supporting affidavit to adequately respond to the allegations against her.

However, Wepener said Tlakula had already responded extensively to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and to Parliament after Madonsela found that Tlakula’s role in concluding a R320 million lease contract for a new head office for the IEC in Centurion had been “grossly irregular” and amounted to maladministration and misconduct.

Wepener said it was a “very urgent, serious matter of national importance” and ruled that Tlakula’s legal team should file the supporting affidavit by Thursday this week.

A full inquiry will be held on Friday.

– Additional reporting by Sapa and Xolani Mbanjwa

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