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Pansy Tlakula back in court

Advocate Pansy Tlakula is back in court to clear her name from a leasing scandal.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula is back in court to clear her name from a leasing scandal. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson advocate Pansy Tlakula will this morning formally respond in the Electoral Court, to claims that she broke the law and behaved improperly in a 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.

A total of five opposition parties took her to court claiming her conduct during the deal showed she's not the right person to run the country's elections.

They presented their case to the court days before the election, but the court postponed the case saying it didn't have enough time to make a decision.

Tlakula's lawyers are expected to respond to the claim from the opposition parties.

The opposition parties also claimed her conduct in clinging to her office was proof she lacked the dispassion to make the right decisions.

The party's lawyers also said she should have been upfront about who her business partner was and then recused herself from these decisions.

Tlakula admitted that problems with the procedure followed early but said didn't benefit personally from the deal.