Tlakula to be challenged

Bantu Holomisa will file papers in the Electoral Court which call for Pansy Tlakula to step down.

IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Pansy Tlakula will today become the first chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to have her position legally challenged.

Several opposition parties, led by United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, will file their papers in the Electoral Court demanding that Tlakula step down because of her role in a headquarters leasing scandal.

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.

Holomisa has repeatedly said that Tlakula must step down because the person heading the IEC must be seen to be completely clean and transparent.

He is therefore likely to argue in these papers that he doesn't have to prove she's corrupt, merely that he should never have to question her integrity in any way.

Both the IEC and Tlakula have said they are not going to comment.

The electoral commission chair is asking a court to review the findings that were made against her by Madonsela.