Casac wants Tlakula report made public

Casac wants the PwC investigative report into Pansy Tlakula to be made public.

Casac wants PricewaterhouseCoopers’ investigative report into Pansy Tlakula to be made public.

CAPE TOWN - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) wants the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) investigative report to be made public ahead of the general elections.

The independent forensic investigation found that Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula and commissioners did not act with due diligence when they secured a lease for the IEC head offices in Pretoria.

The IEC has been renting the office since 2010, reportedly at a cost of R1.5 million a month.

The PwC report also suggests that criminal action be taken against IEC officials who were implicated in the deal.

However, the report has not been made public.

In 2013, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that securing a R320-millon lease for the IEC's head office in Centurion was "irregular and violated procurement rules".

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

Madonsela said Tlakula had to recuse herself from the deal.

However, Tlakula continues to deny any wrongdoing.

Casac's executive secretary Parmananda Naidoo told 567 CapeTalk that they want the report to be made public.

"The credibility and the independence of the Independent Electoral Commission are critical in the eyes of the South African public to ensure that we have yet another free and fair election in this country."

Naidoo also praised the IEC for what they had done in the past.

"We have been very fortunate in that the IEC has done a tremendous job, and I think this needs to be said, over the last 20 years in conducting very efficient free and fair elections. They have been taken as a model for other developing countries."

He says, however, they do have concerns.

"We have a very high standard to live up to and we are concerned that the cloud that currently hangs over the IEC could have an impact on the credibility of the election results come the elections in May."

Naidoo adds the process requires transparency.