Parly committee adopts Tlakula report

2013-10-31 22:23
IEC CEO Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

IEC CEO Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - An ad hoc committee of Parliament on Thursday unanimously adopted a report stating it could not accede to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's request that action be taken against IEC chair Pansy Tlakula.

The decision not to pursue action against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson following findings of alleged misconduct was made, after the committee obtained legal opinion that it would be illegal for it to take the matter further.

Madonsela found Tlakula had played a "grossly irregular" role in procuring the Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria.

"At its meeting on 23 October 2013, the ad hoc committee... resolved that it was unable to accede to the recommendations or requests of the public protector... on the grounds that to do so would be unlawful and/or unconstitutional," it said in the report adopted on Thursday.

The ad hoc committee recommended that the IEC, the home affairs department, the National Treasury and the auditor general "complete the actions in which they are currently engaged in pursuance of the remedial action recommended by the public protector in this report".

This should only be done "to the extent that it is legally permissible".

The remedial action includes tightening procurement procedures at the IEC.

The committee report would now be sent to the National Assembly for approval.

Last week, the committee resolved that Parliament could not act because of the constitutional principle of separation of powers.

MPs sitting on the committee said Parliament could not be seen to be impeding the independence of the bodies.

Both the public protector's office and the IEC are chapter nine institutions, which are funded by the state and accountable to Parliament, but function independently from the government and Parliament.

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

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