Zuma requests Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to fill IEC vacancy

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday requested Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to start the processes to fill the vacancy at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

This after the former Chairperson of the IEC, Pansy Tlakula, resigned last week after the Constitutional Court dismissed her appeal against the Electoral Court ruling that her misconduct warranted removal from office.

Tlakula made headlines ahead of the elections after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found her “guilty of gross maladministration” for the lease agreement of the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.

This prompted five political parties - the UDM, African Christian Democratic Party, Congress of the People, Agang SA and Economic Freedom Fighters - to approach the court to get Tlakula removed for allegedly failing to follow due processes in the procurement of the IEC’s premises.

The IEC said Tlakula’s resignation opens the way for the Commission to begin closing a particularly challenging and tumultuous period in the Electoral Commission’s history and to move forward as an institution.

President Zuma has thanked Tlakula for what he described as years of diligent service to the nation and in ensuring successful and efficient elections during her tenure.

“We thank Adv Tlakula most profusely for her dedication and contribution in strengthening constitutional democracy and promoting democratically electoral processes in our country during her tenure.

“Her leadership and direction has not only enabled our citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote diligently, but also successfully ensured free, fair, transparent and credible elections in our country,” said President Zuma.

The Chief Justice, with a panel consisting the Public Protector, a representative of the Commission on Gender Equality and a representative of the SA Human Rights Commission, will recommend candidates to the National Assembly in line with the Electoral Commission Act (Act No 51 of 1996). - SAnews.gov.za

Photo caption: President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday requested Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to start the processes to fill the vacancy at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Photo GCIS.