Don't judge Tlakula just yet – ANC

The ANC says processes need to be followed regarding the damning report against Tlakula.

IEC Chair Pansy Tlakula. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in Parliament says opposition parties should not prejudge the future of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chair Pansy Tlakula.

Opposition parties have called for Tlakula's head since the finding by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that she was guilty of maladministration when procuring new quarters for the commission's head office.

Madonsela found Tlakula had not followed "her own commission's procurement policy" by running the procurement process herself instead of leaving it to the relevant departments.

The ANC has called on all parties to respect the process that must now unfold regarding Tlakula.

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the National Assembly has the final say on the matter.

He says all parties will be represented in the committee to which the public protector's report will be referred to for consideration and a decision.

"Their statements seek to pre-empt and to prejudge a matter that parliament is yet to pronounce on and they are part of parliament themselves."

Mothapo says it will be up to the parliament to decide whether or not to interview Tlakula, Madonsela or anyone else named in the report.

Meanwhile, Tlakula has denied any wrong doing and refuses to step down saying only her employer has the right to decide on the matter.

At the same time, the IEC maintains the findings against Tlakula will not affect the 2014 general elections.