Dina Pule (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
Johannesburg - Cope has welcomed former communications
minister Dina Pule
's decision to withdraw as an ANC candidate for Member of
"We are disappointed, however, that it took a lot of
public pressure and shaming before Ms Pule could see the writing on the
wall," Congress of the People (Cope) president Mosiuoa Lekota said on
He said in a democracy, public representatives were
expected to adhere to a higher standard of moral uprightness, and any hint of
impropriety should be enough for the public representative to step aside until
he or she had been cleared.
"What we have instead witnessed in this country are
denials, followed by unbridled attacks on those who uncover misconduct.
"Cabinet ministers involved in the Nkandla debacle,
for example, should long have fallen on their swords by now," Lekota said
in a statement.
"Instead, they have attacked and attempted to
discredit the messenger, the office of the public protector."
He said attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela were
short-sighted and shallow.
Pule announced on Thursday that she had decided to
decline the ANC's nomination for the National Assembly.
"I have given great thought to what I should do with
the rest of my life, and whilst I will remain a loyal and committed member of
the ANC, it is in my best interest and that of my children and family that I
withdraw from the ANC list and be allowed to live my life in peace," she
Pule, who was removed from her position last year after
the public protector's report into allegations of corruption and a potential
conflict of interest against her, was number 70 on the ANC's list of
She expressed gratitude for her nomination and thanked
the party's branches for the expression of confidence in her.
Madonsela's probe involved Pule's appointment of service
providers to do event management for the ICT Indaba in Cape Town.
Madonsela found Pule unlawfully extended her spousal
benefits to her romantic partner Phosane Mngqibisa.
She found that despite numerous denials, Pule told her
department Mngqibisa was her official companion.
Madonsela said at a meeting, Pule told her Mngqibisa was
not her spouse, as he was married to someone else under civil law.