FALLOUT from Communications Minister Dina Pule’s involvement in last year’s ICT Indaba could affect her political career.
On Sunday, the Sunday Times reported that an investigation by Werksmans Attorneys on behalf of MTN revealed that Ms Pule’s alleged lover, Phosane Mngqibisa, benefited improperly from the conference to the tune of R6m.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela expected her investigation into Ms Pule’s alleged conflict of interest to be completed by the end of March. Parliament’s ethics committee has also started an investigation.
Opposition spokesmen have called on President Jacob Zuma to fire Ms Pule. They say she is no longer necessary to the Cabinet as she has lost her place on the African National Congress national executive committee in December. They also say her department has made no progress on key issues.
"We still don’t know … Telkom’s future even though Ms Pule was supposed to have made a recommendation to Cabinet in September," Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn said. "The allocation of spectrum is still in the air and digital migration is going nowhere." Congress of the People MP Juli Kilian said her party challenged Mr Zuma to prove his commitment to eradicating corruption by removing Ms Pule. She said Ms Pule had failed to appear before the communications committee since the ICT Indaba in June last year.
Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liezl van der Merwe said the Cabinet should launch its own investigation.