Statement issued by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP – UDM President and Chairperson of the Multi-Party Forum

We confirm that we yesterday received court papers as submitted with the Constitutional Court by the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula. We have filed our answering papers.

The political parties that are part of this action will be guided by the Constitutional Court and we hope that the matter will reach conclusion as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we call on the Electoral Commission to deal decisively with the other recommendations of the Public Protector, amongst others that:

•           the disciplinary processes be started against all staff members who were fingered in Advocated Madonsela’s report;

•           the lease agreement, found dubious by no less than three independent and credible institutions, be cancelled.

The Commission’s indecisiveness, regarding the implementation of the Public Protector’s findings and recommendation, make us doubt their commitment to the promotion of the ethics of good governance. The excuse advanced in the past about waiting for legal opinion must not be used to kick to touch