Pule officials probed

2013-10-22 22:31
Dina Pule (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Dina Pule (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town - A Public Service Commission probe will determine the fate of officials involved in an alleged cover-up involving former minister Dina Pule, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Tuesday.

Replying in writing to a parliamentary question from Cope MP Juli Killian, Carrim said: "We are awaiting the outcome of this Public Service Commission report, and hope it will be finalised soon. Thereafter, we will take further legal advice and decide on what action to take."

Carrim replaced Pule as communications minister in July after she was sacked in a Cabinet reshuffle.

The minister warned that taking action before any findings were made could result in matters landing up in court, which would prove costly and time-consuming for his department.

"If it is proven that DoC [Department of Communications] officials have committed any offences, of course action will be taken against them," Carrim said.

Killian asked Carrim whether criminal charges would be laid.

"I understand that the report has been handed over to the SAPS [SA Police Service] and NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] for further investigation. They will indicate what action, if any, needs to be taken," Carrim answered.

Carrim would depend on recommendations from the police and NPA on whether any civil action would be taken against Pule to recover taxpayers' money that was irregularly spent.

Recommendations from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who is yet to finalise her report, would also be factored into the decision-making process.

Pule was suspended and reprimanded in the National Assembly in August after the Ethics Committee found her guilty of misconduct.

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