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Johannesburg - Independent Electoral Commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula is angry that a Public Protector’s report affecting the IEC was given to her at the 11th hour.
She had only received the report in the early hours of Monday morning, she said in a statement.
“Despite many requests to and assurances from the Public Protector that I would have access to the final report on alleged irregularities around the procurement of the IEC's offices in Centurion at least one day prior to it being published, I only received it at 04h00 this morning (Monday),” Tlakula said in a statement.
“It has left me with minimal time to critically review this document before she releases it to the media.”
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was scheduled to address the media at 10am on Monday in Pretoria on the report into allegations of maladministration and corruption in the procurement of the Riverside Office Park to accommodate the IEC head offices.
Tlakula said she tried to “engage extensively” with Madonsela “throughout the process on matters relating to her investigation”.
“These include gross procedural irregularities in the conduct of the investigation, errors of fact and law, abuse of power by the public protector leading up to the compilation of the provisional report, and submissions on legal principles regarding conflict of interest.”
“I hope that she has given due regard to my submissions.
“I will review the report and issue an appropriate response as soon as I have done so. I believe that because of the nature of the work that the IEC does that the findings of the public protector's report, should be given proper consideration before I respond.” - Sapa