President Zuma Appoints New Information Regulator

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The Presidency has announced Pansy Tlakula as South Africa’s new information regulator.

This comes after the National Assembly approved the nomination of the five members of the Information Regulator on September 7.

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Also appointed as part-time members of the body are; Professor Tana Pistorius and Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze.

In addition, the new information regulator will also work with Advocates Lebogang Cordelia Stroom and Johannes Collen Weapond as full-time members. Their appointments will take effect from 1 December 2016.

“The members have been appointed with effect from 1 December 2016 and will serve the period of five years,” the Presidency said.

The Information Regulator is a new body that will perform its functions in terms of POPI and the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

The IR will also be responsible for monitoring and to enforce compliance and handling complaints in respect of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI).



South Africa’s new information regulator Pansy Tlakula was the former chairperson of the SA Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

In 2014, she came under fire after Public Protector Madonsela found that the process she followed in the procurement of the IEC Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria was irregular and shady.

In June 2014, Pansy was found to have erred in the procurement of the office by Electoral Court Judge Lotter Wepener. Wepener also found that her misconduct warranted her to step down as IEC chair.

Shortly before the elections on May 7, 2014, she was dragged to the court by several political parties, who alleged that her integrity had been compromised.

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In September 2014, Pansy announced her resignation. She, however, maintained in her resignation letter that she didn’t benefit financially from the R320 million lease.

During her interviews in Johannesburg for the position of the IR Head, Pansy Tlakula admitted that charges of misconduct were leveled against her but insisted that she has never been found guilty.

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