Holomisa: No response from IEC or Tlakula

Some political parties have filed papers in the Electoral Court demanding that Tlakula step down.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he has not yet received a formal response from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its chairperson Pansy Tlakula to his legal papers lodged with the Electoral Court.

On Thursday, Holomisa and the leaders of four other parties officially launched their legal challenge, asking the court to start the process of removing Tlakula from office.

While the Electoral Court often treats matters it receives as urgent, the IEC hasn't yet responded to this demand for its head to step down, but is likely to have to give a formal response over the next few days.

In their papers, the five opposition parties said Tlakula's integrity was now in question because of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings against her in a headquarters leasing deal.

As a result, they claiming the integrity of the IEC and the upcoming elections was now in doubt.

They quote several Constitutional Court rulings which emphasised the need for public officials not to be totally clean and transparent, but also to be seen to be above reproach.

Madonsela released the damning report last year 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.