Potential IEC official strike on the cards

Officials are apparently threatening to strike to demand IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula stand down.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula addresses farm workers in Benoni, Johannesburg, 22 January 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - With nearly a month to go before millions of South Africans go to the polls, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials are apparently threatening to embark on a strike.

The City Press newspaper is reporting workers are demanding Chairperson Pansy Tlakula be removed.

Pressure is mounting for Tlakula to step down even though the elections are only a month away.

The Centre for the Study of Democracy Director Steven Friedman in March said Tlakula should step down immediately.

The director says there can't be any doubt over her credibility.

"She should step down because elections are about trust. You need to have an electoral commission which is trusted by all the parties."

A forensic investigation last year into the procurement of the IEC's Centurion Office Park building found that the process under Tlakula's leadership was not fair, transparent or cost effective.

In 2013, irregularities of the procurement were investigated by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who found that the correct processes had not been followed.

However, the African National Congress (ANC) has defended the IEC head, saying she must remain in charge of the IEC.

The party lashed out at Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema who also called for Tlakula's resignation saying if she did not step down the country would face a "civil war".

The ruling party labelled his remark as "inflammatory".