UDM wants IEC probed over R100m rental

2011-10-03 22:22

Johannesburg - The United Democratic Movement asked the public protector to investigate the lease agreement of the Independent Electoral Commission's new Centurion offices on Monday.

UDM president Bantu Holomisa said the public Ppotector was asked to look into the rental agreement between the IEC and the Riverside Office Park Trust, which started in March 2010.

It was alleged that the IEC paid a lump sum of R22 603 347 in March 2010 to the trust while the building was still being constructed.

The occupation of the building took place only in September 2010.

Holomisa said that since the first payment in March 2010, the building had cost the IEC more than R100m.

The IEC rented its previous building in Pretoria for R750 758 per month.

Holomisa said it was worrying that there was no consistency in the monthly amounts paid for the new offices.

It was also alleged that the IEC was still paying for the old building in Pretoria, which was now stands empty.

The UDM said a forensic audit might assist to verify what happened with the more than R22m lump sum paid as well as other "curious transactions".

It seems the IEC did not adhere to the regulations in the Public Finance Managment Act (PFMA) in the lease agreement with the trust, the party said.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapel said the commission was not aware that the public protector had been requested to look into any alleged irregularities with the lease agreement.

  • phillie - 2011-10-03 23:43

    And here I thought that the IEC was at least one department that was clean and above corruption. Is there anywhere in souf efrika that this scourge is not apparent

      Deeteem - 2011-10-04 05:54

      I think the IEC is a front for the ANC !! Lets wait and see one day when the election results are "close", who wins !!! They have been allowed to do what they wanted for years now !!

      Met - 2011-10-04 06:25

      The "Independent" EC is about as independent as the human body without a heart.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-04 07:55


      Johnny - 2011-10-04 08:35

      this is the same IEC that deemed the elections free and fair in zimbabwe, so no, these people are not above corruption

      cliffarc - 2011-10-04 09:00

      - Hmm - another corruption docket for Zuma to spend a few years , applying his mind , reviewing amd mulling over.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-04 09:09

      Whith a BUCKET of KFC on the side...

  • herman.brummer - 2011-10-04 04:17

    Jeesh, incompetence in SA has no bounds, everything that can go wrong, in that country is going wrong. Its scary, almost seems like business as usual.

      cliffarc - 2011-10-04 08:53

      - The running tally on fraud and corruption , by this govt. is staggering. The scariest part is the thievery which has gone undetected. The ones that have been exposed are probably just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Bokke - 2011-10-04 05:35

    It looks like Govt officials are on business of making cash out of these lease deals!!! Auditor General reported that Dept of Public Works can't account for all of the buildings they own YET Govt is in the Mission of leasing every building and fatten the officials!! I say, fire all the officials and employ new competent people!!

      JayaRe - 2011-10-04 07:31

      Where are you going to find new competent people? Maybe say - "employ less corrupt people" will be closer to the truth.

  • Forward - 2011-10-04 06:18

    Eish. Not again?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-04 07:12

    nothing changes. ANC and the comrades can not keep their grubby paws of the public's money. Load the pockets comrades!

  • croix - 2011-10-04 07:13

    PP must probe who REALLY owns the building - it will become apparent there's "cadre-connection" written all over this. Watch out people, the corruption-tsunami is coming!! Better flee to the 'high ground'! Brigalia???

  • robbieyahu - 2011-10-04 07:21

    100 million .... whilst there are people dying of hunger !! pathetic ... oh and they have their old building paying for it whilst it stands empty !!

  • Frank Dlamin - 2011-10-04 07:22

    RAT - I smell a huge, fat RAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! INVESTIGATE .................... NOW.

      Dirk Hanekom - 2011-10-04 08:04

      Good. Call them fat rats rather than fat cats because cats also have their pride. These exorbitant rental contracts are the funding line for Luthuli House and sleepy Netsianda's Luthuli House company.

  • Terry - 2011-10-04 07:27

    What happened to the story last week about the 2 cops that went to cash R2m and lost the money in less than a few minutes/meters?? The story seems to have gone off the air!

  • croix - 2011-10-04 07:38 What is the REAL nature of Brigalia Bam ?? She must urgently inform us, the tax-burdened citizens, how this state of affairs has developed, who authorised it, and who will pay back this wasted money?

  • Dan - 2011-10-04 07:49

    Don't tell us about the corruption, we know all these contracts are corrupt to the bone. Tell us who's sitting behind it and who's cashing in again.

  • letsee - 2011-10-04 07:58

    This case is not confirmed but reality is that "quick cash" is the African way to African business and "screw-up" the people supposed to benefit from the richness of their country. Africa will be colonized again and this time by China.

  • branden.hart - 2011-10-04 08:33

    What is a "Ppotector" - @news24 F7 = Spell Check.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-04 09:12

    Corrupt to the very core of government! You probably find they rigged the elections to reflect a majority of 2/3d's

  • Andre - 2011-10-04 09:36

    This morning there was another article on radio regarding the "white tax" proposed by Archbishop Tutu. Would it not be a better ideaq to get the people who suffer to go to their brothers and ask them to stop misappropriate millions into their own pockets an rather get it to be used for uplifting those who "suffer" and then there will still be enough to be spend on proper housing, healthcare and education.

  • saburger - 2011-10-04 09:52

    Wiki Leaks information that ANC politicians and officials are only interested in their positions to rob and loot the country is so true! Time to effectively and urgently inform the misguided and poor voters!

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