Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

6 April 2014

South Africa: IEC's Pansy Tlakula - the Case for Stepping Down

Photo: South African Government
IEC Chief Electoral Officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula briefs the media (file photo).

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On Wednesday 7 May, if you are a committed South African and over the age of 18, you will come across someone wearing a blue and white bib. It will have the letters "IEC" across the front, with a voting symbol. You will want to trust them. They will, in almost every case, probably be trustworthy.

They will be the person you are placing in charge of something so precious you only get to do it once every five years. And in almost every case they will do their utmost to be worthy of that trust.

But up above them, much, much higher in the food chain, dark clouds are beginning to swirl. It must surely be time for Independent Electoral Commission Chair Pansy Tlakula to consider, at the very least, taking long leave over these elections.

Julius Malema steals headlines. It's a fact that even his sworn enemies would have to agree with. So it's a great pity that his sound-byte, "Pansy Tlakula must step down, or there will be civil war" appeared to take over this issue last week. He was speaking after eight opposition parties - all of them except for the DA and ...

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