The Sunday Times reported today (2 June 2013) that it has documents where communications minister Dina Pule had nominated Phosane Mngqibisa as her spouse to accompany her on official visits to Mexico in September 2009.
Pule previously denied that she was romantically linked to Mngqibisa. She said that she only knew Mngqibisa as a comrade, but has “nothing to do with him”.
One document – which was published by the Sunday Times and came from the Office of the Deputy Minister – stated that Mngqibisa was nominated as Pule’s spouse. Pule was the deputy communications minister at the time.
The newspaper report highlighted that “Mngqibisa, a father of three, was married at the time”.
Former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda confirmed that he approved the trips with Pule and her spouse. However, he said that he was not aware who the spouse was.
The report added that Pule and “her spouse” took 20 trips together since 2009, with the last one on 7 June 2012 – the last day of the controversial ICT Indaba.