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Pansy Tlakula resigns

Terry Tselane says they received a letter of resignation from Tlakula earlier today.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that it's head, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, has resigned from her position.

The commission's deputy chairperson Terry Tselane says they received a letter of resignation from her earlier today.

He says he is unable to share the details of her resignation and the reasons behind her resignation.

"I can confirm that we have received an indication that our chairperson advocate Tlakula has indeed tendered her resignation and the commission has noted that resignation."

The Presidency says it's not aware of a final decision, but that her resignation letter has been received and it will issue a statement.

The Electoral Court had said Parliament must make a recommendation that Tlakula's unfit for office after a headquarters leasing scandal.

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.

This was due to her conflicting relationship with a man who owns shares in the company that was eventually awarded the contract.

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.

She found Tlakula guilty of maladministration and failing to disclose her relationship with Thaba Mufamadi, a part-owner of Abland.

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.