Committee to probe IEC lease report

Several MPs will look into the damning report against IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A special committee will be established to consider Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report of maladministration in securing a lease for new headquarters for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Parliament said on Thursday.

In August, Madonsela found IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula acted irregularly in securing a R320millon lease in Centurion.

Madonsela also found an "undisclosed conflict of interest" between Tlakula and businessman Thaba Mufamadi.

He has an ownership stake in the property in question through his company.

Madonsela recommended that Parliament consider further action against Tlakula.

The IEC falls under the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, but National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu decided that an ad-hoc committee be set up to consider Madonsela's report.

The committee will comprise of seven ANC Members of Parliament (MPs), two from the Democratic Alliance (DA), one from Congress of the People (Cope), one from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and one from smaller parties represented in the National Assembly.

At the same time, opposition parties have called for Tlakula's resignation saying her integrity has been compromised.

She has refused, saying she has done nothing wrong.