Today, Sunday, 30 April 2017, the Minister of Home Affairs Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize met for the first time with Officials of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as part of her roadshow to all Units and Entities reporting to the Department of Home Affairs. Present and briefing the Minister at the Saxon Hotel in Sandton, were the IEC Chairperson Mr. Glen Mashinini, and the Acting CEO Mr. Sy Mamabolo. 

The meeting’s main focus was for the Minister to encourage an open relationship with the Commission without encroaching on their mandate. It is the Minister’s view that the Commission’s independence should be preserved so that it remains a credible institution in executing its constitutional mandate. 

The Minister wishes to take this opportunity to re-iterate the Department and Government’s point of view that the IEC’s independence remains of paramount importance, in order for it to continue to entrench the hard-fought democracy our country enjoys today.

The Minister and the Chairperson of the Commission agreed that there will be further engagements going forward, as is the case with all the other organizations and units operating under the Department’s banner as part of her oversight role.

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