Johannesburg - Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United
Democratic Movement (UDM), has accused “rogue elements” within the IEC of
plotting to rig elections in favour of the ANC, reports the Sunday Independent.
Holomisa told the newspaper that the ANC was concerned about
losing votes in the upcoming elections and was therefore refusing to remove
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) members who have been involved in a
The report states that this could be a veiled reference to
IEC chief Pansy Tlakula, who was the subject of a public protector report last
year following allegations of procurement irregularities by the organisation.
The newspaper quoted Holomisa as saying that the ANC was
very concerned about shedding votes, and was hopeful that "those rogue
elements will run the elections, so rigging will be on the high”.
Meanwhile, the UDM and Mbhazima Shilowa's Cope faction were
in talks last week to determine if any Cope members are interested in going to
Parliament as part of the UDM.
On Monday, United Democratic Party leader Bantu Holomisa and
Shilowa announced that more than 800 of Cope's Shilowa's supporters will join