Focus on IEC tenders – Malema

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: SAPA

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) should be scrutinised to determine whether it was conducting business with politically aligned companies, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

“We want to know everything … who are the owners of the companies that are going to print and distribute ballot papers?” Malema said at a multi-party forum briefing in Pretoria.

“I put it to you that the companies that receive tenders in any way possible are linked to political leadership.

“Let them give us the names of companies that have tenders and we will tell you how they are linked to the ANC.”

The forum of opposition parties met to discuss Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead and controversy around IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula.

The forum consists of the African Christian Democratic Party, AgangSA, Azapo, Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters, FF Plus, Inkatha Freedom Party, United Christian Democratic Party, and the United Democratic Movement.

Malema said he would expose companies that were owned by the ANC but that claimed to be owned by individuals. The IEC had proven that it had the potential “to sleep with politicians”.

He said the opposition parties were concerned about the credibility of the May 7 elections. The parties met the IEC’s management at a Pretoria hotel on Tuesday.

“You cannot separate the issues of maladministration and corruption on the (acquisition) of the property from having such acts happening during the elections,” Malema said.

He called on Tlakula to resign.

“It is in the interest of the unity of this country, to avoid the possibility of civil war and disputed election results. She has seven days to step down or appropriate action will be announced regarding what is going to follow.”

A forensic investigation by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers on the procurement of the IEC’s Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria, was released last month.

It indicated the procurement process was not fair, transparent, or cost-effective. It found Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform various people what was expected of them in the process.

FF Plus secretary general Piet Uys said his party did not support calls for Tlakula to quit.

“The ongoing investigations must continue. We are standing a month from the elections so our opinion is that she must carry on with the job that she is doing very well,” said Uys.

On Nkandla, the parties resolved to convene another summit after Zuma had addressed Parliament, as ordered by Madonsela.

In her report on Nkandla, titled “Secure in Comfort”, Madonsela found Zuma unduly benefited from improvements to his private homestead. These included a cattle kraal and swimming pool built with taxpayers’ money. She stated in the report that he should refund a portion of the R246 million cost.

The parties also discussed what they called a manipulation of the SA Broadcasting Corporation by the ANC.



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