Casac: Tlakula report could compromise IEC

Casac says action needs to be taken against IEC's Pansy Tlakula.

IEC head Pansy Tlakula. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) on Tuesday said the damning report against Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) head Pansy Tlakula could taint the commission's image.

On Monday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report which found Tlakula guilty of maladministration and misconduct over the IEC's acquisition of a new R320 million office in Centurion.

Madonsela also found that Tlakula failed to disclose her business relationship with Thaba Mufamadi, a co-director involved in the property deal.

She recommended that President Jacob Zuma take urgent steps against the IEC head.

Casac's Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo told the Redi Tlhabi Show that Tlakula's integrity was compromised.

"Is it appropriate for the head of a Chapter 9 institution to have a business relationship with a senior member of a political party that contest elections in this country?

"This issue can have negative repercussions on the public's perception of the credibility of the IEC, particularly as we approach an election next year."

Naidoo said the IEC should take action against Tlakula.

"I think there's a strong argument which has been made for her to step aside whilst the forensic investigation that the public protector has recommended for this whole lease agreement is underway.

"The Public Protector has also recommended that the speaker of the National Assembly, together with the remaining commissioners of the IEC, should consider what disciplinary action should be taken against advocate Tlakula."

However, Tlakula has indicated that she will not resign from her position.

She has also denied the allegations against her.

"I am not going to resign until the people who have appointed me tell me to do so. I think the Public Protector's report must be put under scrutiny."

At the same time, the IEC maintains that the damning report will not compromise the 2014 general elections.