Choice of new IEC chair a disgrace - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described President Jacob Zuma’s appointing of Glenton Mashinini as new Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), as “disgraceful”.

On Wednesday, the Presidency confirmed that Mashinini, a former special project adviser to Zuma who was appointed IEC commissioner in April, would take over the position in an attempt “to help strengthen the IEC’s governance structures”.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Haniff Hoosen said Mashinini should never have nominated as the IEC needs to be independent from government.

“It is critical for South Africa’s democratic processes that the Commissioner be beyond reproach, and capable of fairly and effectively running an organisation tasked with multi-million rand budgets and the custodian of free and fair elections which is the bedrock of any democratic nation,” Hoosen said.

“Mashinini’s appointment as IEC Commissioner flies directly in the face of the constitutional principles that govern the IEC, and will in time undoubtedly compromise its credibility”.