Tlakula's ConCourt application dismissed

Johannesburg - IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula's application for leave to appeal the Electoral Court's ruling that her misconduct in 2009 warrants her removal from office has been dismissed by the Constitutional Court.

"The Constitutional Court has considered this application for leave to appeal," the court said in its judgment.

"It has concluded that the application should be dismissed as it bears no prospects of success."

The application was dismissed with costs on Wednesday.

Before the 7 May elections several opposition parties approached the Electoral Court seeking Tlakula's resignation.

This followed a finding by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, and a subsequent forensic investigation by the National Treasury, over the procurement of the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) Riverside Office Park building in Centurion. Tlakula was chief electoral officer at the time.

Madonsela found Tlakula had a relationship, possibly of a romantic nature, with then chairperson of Parliament's finance portfolio committee Thaba Mufamadi.

Mufamadi was a shareholder in Abland, which was awarded the R320m contract to lease the building.

The Treasury probe found the procurement process was neither fair, transparent, nor cost-effective. It found Tlakula neither gave guidance nor formally informed various people about what was expected of them in the process.

On 18 June, Electoral Court Judge Lotter Wepener found Tlakula's misconduct warranted her removal from office.

On 1 July, President Jacob Zuma granted Tlakula's request for special leave of absence until a final decision was made on her fitness to hold office.

In her Constitutional Court papers, Tlakula claimed the Electoral Court erred in its finding and that its procedures were unfair.

She denied being guilty of misconduct, and argued the Electoral Commission Act did not govern the conduct of a commissioner, prior to him or her assuming office.

Tlakula contended that the Electoral Court erred in its interpretation of the Electoral Commission Act, and its rejection of her explanation.

She also believed that her relationship with Mufamadi did not constitute a conflict of interest.

John Greystoke 2014-08-15 05:26:53 PM
Tlakula babes, just go, just leave, save some face. But it is too late for that!
Dan Butler 2014-08-15 05:32:02 PM
Oh wonderful!!
Phil Galpin 2014-08-15 05:35:58 PM
Meet the new ambassador to somewhere with good shopping!
Mzukulu Mvubu 2014-08-15 05:40:09 PM
Wow another stress mr president u have to fire your own commrade its going to be a long term in the office for u
Masela Dima Given 2014-08-15 05:43:26 PM
Thumbs up to Jordan Pallo...we forgave him as if it never happened
Richard Lungani Zwane 2014-08-15 05:48:25 PM
Good news to law abiding citizens...
Freddy Green 2014-08-15 05:51:21 PM
DA shld never Celebrate this they opposed the move from UDM an EFF cos they were benefiting in this voter fraudster as they were promised WC. So pls stop Double Apartheid continue to fight stupid ones like spy tapes till u all go dry in ur mouths.
Rob 2014-08-15 05:52:47 PM
You are useless and you are crook
Mageba 2014-08-15 05:54:04 PM
This old mama is still having her tyres rotated in romantic relationships, lol
Rob 2014-08-15 06:18:53 PM
She had a tyre change and oil check