Parliament given deadline for Tlakula probe

A committee has been given until October to make a decision regarding Pansy Tlakula’s fate.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Parliamentary committee, which will decide the fate of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula, must complete its work by the end of October.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela earlier this month found the IEC head acted irregularly in the procurement of a lease for new IEC headquarters.

Madonsela then recommended Parliament consider further action.

The African National Congress (ANC) wants Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice's Chairperson Luwellyn Landers to head the 12 member team that will decide Tlakula's fate.

Landers has crossed swords with Madonsela in the past, but ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said he will be fair.

"All our members deployed in this committee are under strict instruction to be fair and insist on equity."

Sizani said it will also be up to the committee to decide whether to call both Tlakula and Madonsela to testify and whether or not the decision will be made behind closed doors.