Tlakula hearing postponed to June

Judge Lotter Wepener said the court had only heard half the case against the IEC chair.

FILE: IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Electoral Court on Friday ruled it could not come to a decision on whether Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula should be removed from office before the upcoming elections.

As a result, the enquiry will stand down until 2 June.

South Africans go to the polls for national and provincial elections on 7 May.

Judge Lotter Wepener said he and his two assessors only heard half the case against Tlakula.

Therefore, they would not be able to make a decision on the matter before the nation goes to the polls on Wednesday.

Today's decision means Tlakula will in all probabilities preside over the polls as IEC chair.

Five opposition parties are arguing she should step down due to her role in the IEC headquarters leasing deal.

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

The report found Tlakula guilty of maladministration and misconduct over the acquisition.