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“The IEC Cannot Possibly Fill the Shoes of Brigalia Bam” – Lebo Keswa

Democracy - More Than Just ElectionsIs the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) falling apart without the leadership of Brigalia Bam?

Lebo Keswa writes in her column for Daily Maverick: “We now have an IEC that cannot possibly fill the shoes of Brigalia Bam, who gave the body stature and dignity.”

Keswa questions President Jacob Zuma’s decision to appoint Vuma Mashinini as the head of the IEC over Terry Tselane and takes a closer look inside the IEC.

To discover more about the former leader of the IEC, read Democracy – More Than Just Elections by Brigalia Bam.

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Back to the IEC. We now have an IEC that cannot possibly fill the shoes of Brigalia Bam, who gave the body stature and dignity. Why Zuma thinks Vuma Mashinini will be any use for restoring the credibility of the IEC, especially after the Tlakula saga, boggles the mind. Mashinini has only been a Commissioner for six months and Tselane has been a Commissioner for eleven years, Deputy Chair for four years and Acting Chairperson for more than a year. How does our government work? Something does not add up here – I also want friends in high places.

Meanwhile good people everywhere, in parastatals and Chapter Nine institutions, live in fear of being removed from their lucrative board positions.

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