Madonsela calls Dina Pule a liar

By Drum Digital
01 December 2013

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called former communications minister Dina Pule a liar and has recommended that she lose her seat in Parliament, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

According to the Sunday Times, Madonsela's provisional report following her probe into Pule's antics states that the disgraced former minister repeatedly lied and cheated to ensure her boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, benefitted from state coffers.

The report, which was leaked last week, found that the R6m payment to Mngqibisa for the ICT Indaba in Cape Town was an unsolicited and unlawful donation; that Pule and her staff lied to parliament, the auditor-general and the public protector's office during investigations into her; and that Pule’s conduct was unlawful, grossly improper and unethical.

Madonsela also recommended that Pule vacate her seat in Parliament to minimise the damage she caused by lying to the ethics committee and the South African public.

At the time of the row, Pule continued to lie about her relationship with Mngqibisa. In July however, she was sacked in a Cabinet reshuffle.

In August, parliament's ethics committee found Pule had "wilfully misled" Parliament by denying her affair with Mngqibisa.


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