DA: Pule looking for sympathy

2013-04-22 16:23
Minister of Communications Dina Pule. (Picture: GCIS)

Minister of Communications Dina Pule. (Picture: GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Communications Minister Dina Pule is trying to whip up sympathy ahead of her hearing with Parliament's ethics and members’ interests committee, the DA said on Monday.

"Pule must desist from trying to create the impression that she is a victim of blackmailers," DA MP Marian Shinn said in a statement.

The hearing would be held next week.

The committee had more than 2 000 pages of evidence against Pule in an investigation into her conduct, according to IOL.

A man the Sunday Times reported was her boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, allegedly got friends and relatives onto the boards of the Post Office, Sentech, Usasa, and the SABC with Pule's full knowledge.

According to the Sunday Times Mngqibisa earned R6m in management fees for the 2012 ICT Indaba, which Pule's department organised.

The department allegedly forced the conference's organisers to hire Mngqibisa, the paper reported.

Millions disappeared

Millions of rand reportedly disappeared from the bank accounts of the event’s sponsors.

The committee appointed a panel to look into Pule’s role in the ICT indaba.

Pule told journalists on Monday the articles by the Sunday Times formed part of a smear and blackmail campaign against her.

"If this is so, why has the minister not asked the police to root out these blackmailers?" Shinn asked.

Shinn asked why Pule was reporting the matter to the Press Ombudsman when Mngqibisa had already done so.

Pule denied Mngqibisa was her boyfriend, and said he was a "comrade".

Shinn said on 10 December the ombudsman dismissed Mngqibisa's complaint and ruled the newspaper was justified in its reporting of Pule and Mngqibisa's relationship.

Read more on:    da  |  phosane mngqibisa  |  marian shinn  |  dina pule  |  johannesburg  |  media  |  corruption  |  parliament 2013  |  politics

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