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National Assembly approves names to fill IEC vacancies

04 September 2018

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip welcomes the approval of the three names recommended to fill vacancies for Commissioners in the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) by the National Assembly (NA) today.

The Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng submitted eight names to the Speaker of the National Assembly to consider for the positions of IEC Commissioners. As such, the NA approved the names of Judge Dhayanithie Pillay, Dr Nomsa Praisy Masuku and Mr Mosotho Simon Moepya to form part of the Commissioners who serve in the IEC.

Judge Pillay is one of South Africa's leading labour law experts, with over 15 years' experience as a judge; 10 of which were spent at the Labour Court of South Africa. She has been sitting on the High Court bench in KwaZulu-Natal since 2010. She also has a history as a human rights activist and is actively involved in community organisations. She currently holds the position of an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria.

Dr Masuku is currently the Electoral Commission's Deputy Chief Electoral Officer responsible for Outreach. She previously headed Standard Bank's Corporate Social Investment Unit. Before she joined Standard Bank, Dr. Masuku worked for the Electoral Commission of South Africa for eight years in various roles as a Manager, Deputy Director and Speech Writer. Dr Masuku has a PhD in English from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom.

Mr Moepya served in the IEC for more than 18 years. He spent 5 years as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the IEC where he oversaw both the 2014 National and Provincial Elections and the 2016 Municipal Elections.

These three names will be sent to the President as a recommendation from Parliament for appointment as IEC Commissioners.

The Office of the Chief Whip wishes the recommended Commissioners all the best in their new roles of responsibility.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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