Controversial former chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya recommended for vacancy on IEC

Former chief electoral officer of the IEC Mosotho Moepya.
Former chief electoral officer of the IEC Mosotho Moepya.
Image: Gallo Images

Controversial former chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya is among three candidates to be recommended by Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs to the National Assembly to fill vacancies on the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC)‚

The other two candidates recommended were Judge Dhayanithie Pillay and Dr Nomsa Praisy Masuku.

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela recommended disciplinary action against Moepya for failing to provide her with crucial information during her 2013 investigation of a dodgy lease deal for the procurement of the IEC headquarters‚ which resulted in the departure of then chairwoman Pansy Tlakula.

But during his panel interview in July‚ for the vacancy of IEC commissioner‚ Moepya protested his innocence and decried the way he had been treated.

He told the panel that he believed he was treated unfairly during the process and denied that he had done anything wrong.

Moepya was one of eight people the panel‚ headed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ recommended to Parliament.

The portfolio committee on Tuesday‚ said the decision to recommend the three candidates was taken following a process of public comments on the list‚ as provided by a panel.

"The committee will recommend to the National Assembly that these three South Africans are fit and proper to serve as commissioners on the IEC‚ an important institution of South Africa’s democratic life‚" committee chair Hlomani Chauke said.

The hotly contested 2019 elections are set to take place just months after their appointment‚ raising questions about experience as three of the five required five commissioners will be new appointees.

The terms of Terry Tselane and Bongani Finca end in November 2018‚ while Judge Thami Makhanya’s term expired in April 2018.

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.