DA requests Tlakula ad-hoc committee

The Electoral Court on Wednesday recommended the IEC chair be removed from office.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - A Parliamentary ad-hoc committee must be set up as soon as possible to consider misconduct findings against Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday.

This after the Electoral Court on Wednesday recommended Tlakula be removed from office for her role in the commission's leasing scandal.

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 DA's James Selfe says the reputation of the IEC is at stake.

"The sooner the matter is put to bed the better."

In terms of the Electoral Act, only the president can relieve a commissioner of their duties.

This can only be done on the recommendation of the National Assembly.

Selfe explained the process.

"In the event of the ad-hoc committee deciding she was indeed guilty of misconduct, it would recommend the National Assembly take a resolution to that effect. The president would then be bound to dismiss her."

Shortly before the 7 May elections, five political parties launched an application at the Electoral Court to have Tlakula removed from her post.

The matter was postponed after it was found that a decision could not be made before the nation went to the polls.