R6 million to communication minister’s boyfriend: report

The Sunday Times reported that communications minister Dina Pule’s boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa was paid R6-million in management fees for the 2012 ICT Indaba.

The report further suggests that the conference organisers were forced by the Department of Communications (DoC) to hire Mngqibisa.

The Sunday Times cited two forensic documents which showed that Mngqibisa was not really involved in the organisation of the event, despite being paid R6-million.

News emerged last year that the DoC pressured Telkom, MTN and Vodacom to sponsor the event. These sponsorships amounted to R25.7-million.

According to the Sunday Times report last year, Mngqibisa withdrew millions from event sponsorships within days after the money was paid.

The Sunday Times reported that Mngqibisa was “very evasive when questioned on how he arrived at the amount of R6-million as a management fee”.

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