Holomisa: Tlakula must honour deadline

The UDM leader says the IEC chairperson has until the end of the week to respond to calls for her head.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula has until the end of the week to reply to calls for her resignation, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said on Tuesday.

The politician says if she fails to respond, legal action will be taken against her.

Eight opposition parties last week called on her to step down, saying the elections will lack credibility if she stays on.

This after Tlakula was implicated in the IEC headquarters leasing scandal.

Holomisa says the IEC chair received an official letter late last week.

"We gave her seven days to respond to our call. Failing to do so, the multi-party forum will proceed with legal action against her."

Meanwhile, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), which represents most workers at the IEC, says Tlakula must resign as she is a liability to the organisation.

But the union also says its members shouldn't go on strike in a bid to force her to step down.

The ANC has said Tlakula should stay on to ensure elections are run properly.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report on the IEC's procurement of its R320 million Centurion offices from property developer Abland.

She found Tlakula guilty of maladministration and misconduct over the acquisition.

The protector said the IEC head failed to disclose her relationship with Thaba Mufamadi, a part-owner of Abland.

She recommended President Jacob Zuma take urgent steps against Tlakula.

Tlakula maintains she was not part of the decision to award the lease to Abland, arguing two proposals were offered to the IEC.

She claims she had no preference.