Well wishes for new IEC chair from Zuma

Jacob Zuma appointed Glenton Mashinini to serve as an IEC commissioner despite opposition resistance.

Jacob Zuma appointed Vuma Glenton Mashinini as the new chairman of the IEC. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has wished the new chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) well and has thanked the man who looked after the post since Pansy Tlakula's resignation.

Earlier today, Zuma appointed Glenton Mashinini as the new chair of the IEC.

He takes over acting chairman Terry Tselane.

The president appointed Mashinini to serve as an IEC commissioner in April despite resistance from opposition parties.

The new IEC chair has served as a special projects advisor to the president and questions will inevitably be asked about his proximity to Zuma.

But United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa, who was involved in the legal battle over Tlakula, says the man deserves a chance to prove himself.

"Let's hope that he has learnt a lot from his predecessor."

Tlakula resigned last year following an office leasing scandal.