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Johannesburg - The Christian Democratic Party expressed concern on Tuesday over Independent Electoral Commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula's refusal to resign.
This was after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found on Monday that Tlakula had played a “grossly irregular” role in procuring the Riverside Office Park building in Centurion for the IEC's head office.
“If we want to establish a proper democracy, the credibility of the IEC needs to be beyond reproach,” CDP leader Theunis Botha said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Democracy requires transparency and accountability, which appears to be lacking in Tlakula’s approach.”
Madonsela recommended on Monday that Parliament consider taking action against Tlakula.
Madonsela found improper conduct and maladministration on Tlakula's part, and a conflict of interest involving a company co-director, with whom she was accused of being romantically involved.
“The Speaker of Parliament... (should) consider whether action should be taken against advocate Tlakula for her role in the procurement... in light of the undisclosed and unmanaged conflict of interest and her contravention of the procurement laws and prescripts,” Madonsela said in her report.
Botha said he was disappointed by the IEC's response to irregularities the CDP had reported to the electoral commission.
“Especially for the IEC’s lack of response in investigating irregularities such as the ANC combining food parcels paid for by the taxpayers with electioneering.
“Concerns will now only increase with the bad example set by Tlakula, and we urge her to do the right thing,” he said.
Botha said Tlakula's position did not only require capable management, but also the “highest level of integrity, transparency and independence”.