News24

UDM wants Hawks to probe IEC

2012-03-14 21:44

Johannesburg - The UDM intends pushing for its complaint on an Independent Electoral Commission lease agreement to be referred to the Hawks, leader Bantu Holomisa said on Wednesday.

He said this came after the party decided that its first stop with the complaint, the public protector, had yielded no action.

In an open letter to the protector's office, Holomisa said the United Democratic Movement was yet to receive a progress report.

It had asked the protector on October 3 to probe a R22m rental agreement by the IEC for offices in Centurion, Gauteng.

The UDM also furnished the protector with some details.

The IEC's lease was with the Riverside Office Park Trust, said Holomisa.

"We sent the request to your office precisely because of the faith and confidence it now enjoys from the public," he wrote in the letter to the Protector.

"The silence of the public protector's office on this matter leaves us wondering whether the request is receiving attention. Is it a question of a Chapter nine institution refusing to investigate another Chapter nine institution?" he asked.

The IEC and protector's office are state institutions established in terms of chapter nine of the Constitution and are intended to strengthen constitutional democracy in the country.

In a statement in October last year, the IEC gave a detailed breakdown of how it entered into the agreement. It undertook to give all necessary documents to the protector, Thuli Madonsela, if she decided to proceed with an investigation.

The IEC manages national and local government elections in South Africa, as well as elections for school governing bodies. Comment from the IEC and the protector were not immediately available.