Tlakula report a concern for IEC

The IEC says a report has exposed weaknesses in the control measures in place at the organisation.

FILE: IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it's very concerned that an independent forensic report has backed up potentially damning allegations against its head, Pansy Tlakula.

The Treasury last year commissioned an investigation into the IEC's procurement of its offices in Centurion after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings on the matter.

The forensic report released on Tuesday backs up Madonsela's conclusions and finds that the procurement was not done fairly, transparently or cost-effectively.

The IEC's Terry Tselane says the document has exposed weaknesses in the control measures in place at the organisation and says they are trying to deal with the issue.

"A report of this nature so close to the elections also creates difficulty for all of us in the organisation. But we have been saying to all our staff that the focus must be on the delivery of the 2014 elections. And that all other matters must be left to the commission to deal with."

Tselane says the IEC itself can't take any action against Tlakula and another authority must consider whether she will remain in her position.

But United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, who first complained to the Public Protector about the procurement, says he doesn't accept that.

"They have a right to recommend to the president that this individual should be suspended, pending the finalisation of this report."