Holomisa says Tlakula is 'history'

Bantu Holomisa says Pansy Tlakula must make the right decision and resign.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula must make the right decision and resign instead of waiting for Parliament to decide on her future.

This follows yesterday's Constitutional Court decision upholding a ruling by the Electoral Court that Parliament must investigate Tlakula and find her guilty of misconduct for her part in a headquarters leasing deal.

The court found Tlakula's role in the R320 million lease for the IEC's new headquarters in Centurion in 2009 undermined the integrity of the commission.

The Public Protector found her guilty of misconduct for her role in giving a headquarters tender to a company run by her business partner.

Holomisa says it's too early to say who should take over from the IEC chair.

"Parliament must follow the process of conducting interviews with those who are fit to chair the commission but Tlakula is history as far as the IEC is concerned."

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