'Tlakula is SA's leading public servant'
Pansy Tlakula’s legal team argued that her conduct is not serious enough to warrant her dismissal.
JOHANNESBURG - Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pansy Tlakula, was described as one of South Africa's leading public servants, with impeccable integrity, by lawyers defending her in a court challenge to have her dismissed.
Yesterday, Tlakula responded to claims that she broke the law and behaved improperly in a headquarters leasing deal in the Electoral Court.
The advocate's legal team argued that her conduct is not serious enough to warrant her dismissal.
Tlakula's lawyer Daniel Berger said the incumbent IEC chairperson is still beyond reproach.
"She's a woman of integrity and managed four successful elections."
Berger argued her record as chairperson has been flawless, but she admitted to her faults while serving as Chief Executive Officer.
"She has all the qualities an electoral commission should have, independence, integrity and none of the evidence calls any of those attributes into question."
Berger asked the court to dismiss the application or recommend to Parliament that her removal from office is not necessary.