Pansy Tlakula: To fight or resign?

There’s still no indication whether the IEC chair will fight for her position or resign.

There’s still no indication whether the IEC chair will fight for her position or resign. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no indication from Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula whether she will resign or fight in Parliament to keep her job.

This after the Constitutional Court rejected her application for leave to appeal an electoral court ruling.

That court ruled Parliament must consider firing Tlakula after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found her guilty of misconduct, for giving a headquarters leasing deal to her business partner.

The IEC head now appears to face the options of either having to face a Parliamentary hearing and trying to fight it out or resigning from her post.

If she goes through the Parliamentary process, she will have to answer questions based on the electoral court ruling, which said it was clear she had played a major role in the headquarters leasing scandal.

That ruling also said she chose not to abide by the law with regard to tender processes.

But if she resigns, Tlakula might be seen as admitting that she is guilty of misconduct, which she has always denied.

It would also be the end of her long career in the IEC.