Holomisa takes Mbete bribery allegations to public protector

An investigation by a US law firm found a R25 million share hand-out to Mbete constituted bribery.

FILE: Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says he is asking the Public Protector to investigate a 2010 empowerment deal involving mining company Gold Fields and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The Mail and Guardian reported in September last year that an investigation by a United States law firm found a R25 million share hand-out to Mbete constituted bribery.

Investigators reportedly found Mbete's share was upped to R25 million after an alleged threat by her representative.

Holomisa laid a complaint with Parliament's Ethics Committee but it says as Mbete was not a Member of Parliament (MP) at the time of the deal, there was no breach of the code of conduct for MPs.

Holomisa told Eyewitness News the committee should have investigated the matter.

"Just take note that the ethics committee has not conducted any investigation the key complaint here was about the allegations of bribery on the part of our speaker."

Holomisa says he's now going to ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for a thorough investigation.

"Therefore we will refer this complaint to the Public Protector who might think she has more powers than this committee."

Mbete has said she took up the invitation to be part of the deal but wasn't aware of any impropriety.

The Hawks confirmed to the Democratic Alliance in September that they were investigating.