Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

2 May 2014

Southern Africa: Bigger Than the IEC - Pansy Tlakula Remains Untouchable Until June

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On Friday afternoon the Electoral Court, following a full day of argument, decided it would not be able to come to a conclusion in an application by five opposition political parties asking it to recommend the removal of Independent Electoral Commission Chair, Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

When the elections go ahead on Wednesday, it will be Tlakula who will be, quite literally the chair. While the case against her will continue in June, we do, in the meantime, have insight into the full case against her because of legal papers lodged in her defence.

In true South African style, we will only have a decision on whether she is fit and proper, after the event she has presided over is finished.

Such is my respect for Pansy Tlakula, that I've been humming a certain REM song under my breath for the last week. The case against her, it seemed, looked formidable.

In fact a bit of a slam dunk; she had admitted to making a mistake in the IEC's headquarters leasing deal; the Public Protector had found it was maladministration and had recommended action be taken against her. And after Parliament failed to act, five of the smaller ...

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