MPs reject Mandonsela's report

MPs from all parties agree the committee cannot consider her report.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's probe to charge the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula has been met with stiff opposition from Members of Parliament on Thursday.

A special ad-hoc committee, tasked with considering the Public Protector's report into the lease for the IEC's headquarters, says Mandonsela should have approached the electoral court with her concerns about the conduct of IEC chairperson.

This was according to a unanimous view of all the parties represented at the special parliamentary session.

Mandonsela's probe found that Tlakula failed to declare her conflict of interests. She asked Parliament to consider further action against Tlakula.

But it was her relentless pursuit of the matter that let MPs from all parties to agree her report was flawed and needed further review.

African National Congress MP, Advocate Johnny de Lange says Mandonsela's move is unconstitutional.

"It's legally and constitutionally completely unfeasible and it's against the separation of power for us to deal with the matter anything other than as in the Electoral Act."

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe says the committee can't do what Madonsela asked it to.

"The ad hoc committee notes the report of the Public Protector. But is unable to accede to her request on the grounds that to do so would be unlawful and unconstitutional."

The committee is due to report back to parliament next week. Tlakula has denied any wrongdoing cited in the report.