'The IEC is there to protect the will of the people, it must be protected'

After 18 years of serving in at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) vice-chairman Terry Tselane is leaving the organisation.

Tselane is stepping down months before the 2019 general elections.

He has been involved four national and provincial elections‚ four municipal elections and hundreds of by-elections.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Tselane says he was saddened when Gwede Mantashe accused the IEC of being the enemy.

It was very saddening and unfortunate. There have been many low points but this was the one where I was very saddened and it really forced me to reflect on the many years I spent on the struggle for justice in the country.

Terry Tselane, outgoing IEC Vice-Chairperson

READ: IEC pleads for more time to update voters' roll

It is very critical that the IEC be protected by all political parties.

Terry Tselane, outgoing IEC Vice-Chairperson

We have to understand that an institution like the IEC is there basically to protect the will of the people and not to protect the politicians and political parties. So it is important to protect the will of the people and to protect the IEC is to protect the will of the people.

Terry Tselane, outgoing IEC Vice-Chairperson

Listen to what Tselane says could be done to ease voting in SA...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] Brothers creating a movie drive in experience in their garage goes viral

[WATCH] Brothers creating a movie drive in experience in their garage goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Family playing pool on makeshift table during lockdown goes viral

[WATCH] Family playing pool on makeshift table during lockdown goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

I've retired... I no longer have jobs that make me anxious - Dr. Brigalia Bam

I've retired... I no longer have jobs that make me anxious - Dr. Brigalia Bam

Former Chairperson of the IEC, Dr. Brigalia Bam shares stories of her upbringing & chats about the influential people in her life

[LISTEN] IEC pleads for more time to update voters' roll

[LISTEN] IEC pleads for more time to update voters' roll

The deadline was extended to November, but the commission says they need another seven months.

DA opposes IEC application for an extension

DA opposes IEC application for an extension

DA's representative at the IEC says an extension could open up the electoral process to fraud and manipulation of the voters roll.

IEC's Terry Tselane advice to prospective commissioners

IEC's Terry Tselane advice to prospective commissioners

Tselane emphasises that anyone wishing to become the IEC commissioner should be able to act with professionalism and integrity.

Popular articles
Number of COVID-19 cases reach 1,749 and SA has has 13 deaths confirmed

Number of COVID-19 cases reach 1,749 and SA has has 13 deaths confirmed

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize also thanked the Motsepe Foundation on behalf of government and unions for donating equipment.

[LISTEN] Centre for the Less Good Idea keeps the arts alive during lockdown

[LISTEN] Centre for the Less Good Idea keeps the arts alive during lockdown

The centre is an interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts based in Maboneng, Johannesburg.

[WATCH] LeadSA applauds frontline heroes running with the baton

[WATCH] LeadSA applauds frontline heroes running with the baton

LeadSA applauds everyday heroes standing in the frontlines making a difference in communities.

Ramaphosa summons Ndabeni-Abrahams for breaking lockdown rules

Ramaphosa summons Ndabeni-Abrahams for breaking lockdown rules

A picture emerged on social media of the minister having lunch with former Member of Parliament Mduduzi Manana despite the national lockdown.

Informal traders confused about lockdown regulations

Informal traders confused about lockdown regulations

City of Cape Town says the process of issuing permits to informal food traders only applies to those selling uncooked foods.

[LOCKDOWN] Alcohol and cigarette ban costing SA billions - Justice Project SA

[LOCKDOWN] Alcohol and cigarette ban costing SA billions - Justice Project SA

Chairperson Howard Dembovsky says for both we are losing about R135-million per day in levies and revenues.

Protective gear: 'There's trust breakdown between government and public sector'

Protective gear: 'There's trust breakdown between government and public sector'

Nehawu has filed urgent court papers against the Department of Health for failure to protect workers during COVID-19 outbreak.

Scopa chairperson warns government against corruption during COVID-19

Scopa chairperson warns government against corruption during COVID-19

Mkhuleko Hlengwa has expressed his concerns about the potential corrupt activities that may occur amidst the coronavirus.

East London prison officials awaiting COVID-19 results in self-isolation

East London prison officials awaiting COVID-19 results in self-isolation

Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says a female official tested positive after attending a funeral.

What needs to be achieved for the national lockdown to be lifted?

What needs to be achieved for the national lockdown to be lifted?

NICD's professor Cheryl Cohen says there will be a need for some kind of social distancing measures to be put in place.