Holomisa to serve papers on IEC boss

Bantu Holomisa says Pansy Tlakula has to be seen as completely clean and transparent.

Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said he will initiate the process of serving legal papers on Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair advocate Pansy Tlakula because she refuses to step down.

Holomisa said Tlakula has not responded to the demand of several opposition parties that she resign after the Public Protector found her guilty of maladministration for her handling of a headquarters leasing deal.

Holomisa said the head of the country's election machinery had to be seen as completely clean and transparent.

He said the legal process against her was now beginning.

"Consultation is still taking place and hopefully by Wednesday the papers will be served."

Meanwhile, last week the union representing most workers at the IEC said Tlakula must resign as she was a liability to the organisation.

But National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union also said its members shouldn't go on strike in a bid to force her to step down.