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Tlakula: I've done nothing wrong

The public protector has recommended that President Zuma discipline the IEC chair Pansy Tlakula.

FILE: Pansy Tlakula, IEC's Chief Electoral Officer. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chair Pansy Tlakula is adamant that the procurement process of the commission's offices in Centurion was transparent and cost effective.

She says the irregular expenditure that arose out of the contract was declared in the 2010/11 financial statement.

Tlakula told Eyewitness News on Monday she won't resign from her position as she had done nothing wrong.

"No allegation of fraud, there is no allegation of money being stolen or me having benefited from this tender."

She says she was not part of the decision to award the multi-million rand building lease to Abland, saying there was simply no misconduct or any conflict of interest involved.

"We gave two proposals to the commissioner without indicating what our preference was and the commission chose Abland."

On Monday morning, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings into allegations of corruption relating to the acquisition of the premises.

Madonsela found that Tlakula failed to disclose her business relationship with a co-director involved in the property deal and has recommended that President Jacob Zuma take urgent steps against her.

The IEC had initially decided to award the lease contract to Menlyn Corporate Park but Tlakula later expressed her dissatisfaction with the decision and the decision was made to sign with Abland.

Madonsela says National Treasury must now consider reviewing the entire lease.

She described Tlakula's conduct as an "unmanaged and undisclosed conflict of interest" and said the consequences included significant damage to the reputation of the IEC.

Madonsela says although there is a genuine need for a bigger building, for a more reasonable price, the process was flawed.

In 2011, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa asked Madonsela to investigate the procurement.