R123,000 porn data bill dismissal no surprise: report

Last week the Sunday Times reported that Competition Commission head Shan Ramburuth racked up a mobile data bill of R123,000 on a government issued SIM card by surfing porn while overseas, which cost him his job. The newspaper has now revealed that there may be more behind his dismissal.

According to the Sunday Times the dismissal of Ramburuth for surfing porn should not come as any surprise.

“It was no secret that he and his nominal boss, Economic Development minister Ebrahim Patel, did not get on, and Patel was looking for a pretext to get rid of him,” the newspaper said.

The Sunday Times added that Patel starting gunning for Ramburuth after the Competition Commission head prevented the minister from “extracting maximum political mileage” out of Wallmart’s acquisition of Massmart in 2011.

The Sunday Times reported last week that a forensic report by Paul O’Sullivan and Associates detailed how Ramburuth apparently visited 25 pornographic sites between August and November 2011.

His data bill in October that year – while using a government issued SIM card overseas – came to a total of R123,000.

The report suggested he had visited “inappropriate sites which were of an explicit pornographic nature”.

This is against the Competition Commissions’ Internet policy, which forbids websites which show ‘any form of violence, pornography, explicit nudity and sexual acts or gross depictions’.

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