Dina Pule linked to assassination plot

2013-08-11 08:00
Minister of Communications Dina Pule. (Picture: GCIS)

Minister of Communications Dina Pule. (Picture: GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Dina Pule and controversy continue to be close companions. In the latest twist, the disgraced former communications minister has been linked in a Sunday Times report to an alleged plot to assassinate parliamentary officials who were part of a probe into her misconduct. Earlier this week, Pule was found guilty of lying to parliament after her boyfriend benefited from a bounty of generous deals and free trips.

The latest allegations stem from claims made by a man who said he was hired to silence fellow ANC MP Professor Ben Turok and the registrar of members' interests, Fazela Mohamed. The man, who has been interviewed by police regarding the murder plot, claims to have been enlisted in the crime by Pule's boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa.

While policed questioned the man's credibility, the claims of a plot were taken seriously, and Turok and Mohamed were given extra security in the form of bodyguards.

Attempts by the Sunday Times to contact Pule for comment were unsuccessful and Mngqibisa said that the would-be conspirator's claims were "nonsense", part of an attempt to extort money from him.

Mngqibisa's relationship with Pule was scrutinised after reports that he benefited financially from the sponsorship of last year's information and communications technology event, the ICT Indaba, which her department hosted in Cape Town. Pule consistently insistently during panel hearings that Mngqibisa was anything more than a friend, but testimony showed that they had shared hotel suites on trips taken together.

On Saturday, Jackson Mthembu called on police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate the death threats and take action against those who were behind them.

"This disregard for lawful processes and malicious interference with parliamentary process must not be tolerated so that Parliament and parliamentarians can discharge their work and responsibilities without fear or favour," Mthembu said.


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