Kick Pule out without a parachute: DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Jacob Zuma to expel former Communications Minister Dina Pule from Parliament, immediately.

On Thursday (5 December) Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela found Pule guilty of unlawful, unethical and improper conduct in connection with the appointment of service providers to render event management services for the hosting of the Department of Communications ICT Indaba held in Cape Town from 4 to 7 June 2012.

DA shadow minister of communications, Marian Shinn, said that Pule should not be given “a soft landing in a diplomatic or government posting, as is openly discussed as an option in ANC circles”.

The DA said in a statement:

Amongst other findings, Madonsela found that Pule violated section 96(2)(c) of the Constitution and section 2.3(h) of the Executive Ethics Code.

In terms of section 96(2)(c) of the Constitution, Cabinet members may not “use their positions or any information entrusted to them, to enrich themselves or improperly benefit any other person”.

Section 2.3(h) of the Executive Ethics Code states that Members of the Executive may not “make improper use of any allowance or payment properly made to them, or disregard the administrative rules which apply to such allowance or payments”.

Pule has already been found guilty by the multiparty Parliamentary Ethics and Members’ Interests Committee of violating the Executive Members’ Ethics Code, and escaped with an insincere apology and a seat on Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport.

Adv Madonsela’s damning report of the rapacious way in which Ms Pule, her romantic partner Phosane Mngqibisa and some officials in the Department, saw Carol Bouwer’s idea of the ICT Indaba as an opportunity for self-enrichment and cavalier behaviour, are a clear indication that Ms Pule has an ethical deficit and inability to act in the best interests of the government and citizens when her own interests are conflicted. This is not the fabric from which diplomats and high office bearers are made.

Marian Shinn
Marian Shinn

Shinn said that the above charges must be added to the basket of investigations already underway (at the request of the DA) by the Hawks into possible corruption into the improper appointments of hand-picked people into senior management and board positions in the Department of Communications and entities that report to it.

“Decisive action is now needed to remove Dina Pule from any public office,” Shinn said.

“President Zuma must follow the Public Protectors’ recommendations that Pule face the full might of the law for her transgressions while in public office, eat humble pie and make good on her promise to ensure that every taxpayers’ cent that funded her former boyfriend’s jet-set life as her companion is returned to the fiscus,” Shinn said.

The DA also called on Pule’s successor, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim to drive the law enforcement agencies to urgently investigate Pule’s unlawful activities raised in the report, as well as those already referred to them by Parliament following the damning findings by its Ethics and Members‘ Interests committee.

This, the political party was instructed by the Public Protector.

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Kick Pule out without a parachute: DA