Suspend Tlakula - IEC commissioners

2013-10-06 18:31
Pansy Tlakula (Picture: Sapa)

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Lease report finds Tlakula guilty

2013-08-27 08:00

A report by the Public Protector has found IEC head, Pansy Tlakula, guilty of misconduct in connection with the relocation of a building in Pretoria.WATCH

Johannesburg - Commissioners at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) want chairperson Pansy Tlakula and others mentioned in a damning public protector report to be suspended, City Press reported on Sunday.

Tlakula is at the centre of the report in which she was found to have played a “grossly irregular” role in a R320m lease deal for the IEC’s head office.

Now some commissioners say they’re worried that the ANC is trying to protect Tlakula and save her job.

The ANC recently wrote to the IEC requesting a meeting, which some commissioners perceive as a way of putting pressure on them.

And sources close to the issue say commissioners have questioned the exact role to be played by an ad hoc parliamentary committee - they are worried that it will conduct its own ­investigation.

Insiders say the commissioners feel the matter should have been referred to the Electoral Court before being considered by any committee.

In her report, Madonsela ­recommended that the Speaker of Parliament, in consultation with the IEC, consider action against Tlakula.

The Electoral Commission Act states that a commissioner may only be removed by the President on the grounds of misconduct, incapacity or incompetence after “a finding to that ­effect by a committee of the ­National Assembly upon the ­recommendation of the Electoral Court”.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe denied claims that the party was attempting to protect Tlakula.

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