Fire Dina Pule immediately: DA

The Democratic Alliance said that the latest revelations in the on-going saga of Communications Minister Dina Pule’s cronyism and self-enrichment leaves President Jacob Zuma with no other option but to fire her.

Marian Shinn, Shadow Minister of Communications said in a press statement that Zuma can no longer sit back and make a mockery of the South African public by allowing Minister Pule to stay in cabinet.

It was reported in The Sunday Independent today that Minister Pule handpicked Gugu Duda to be the Chief Financial Officer of the SABC and unduly influenced the board’s decision.

Duda in turn promised her former colleague, Nomakhaya Malebane, the position of deputy as Duda herself admitted that she did not have sufficient financial managerial experience.

Duda was suspended in September for signing off a R3 million sponsorship deal for the now-controversial ICT Indaba which benefitted Minister Pule’s boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa to the tune of R6 million.

“This should be the last straw in what has been the disastrous tenure of minister Pule,” said Shinn.

The DA’s press statement highlighted the following issues related to communications minister Dina Pule:

  • The ICT Indaba scandal involving the Minister’s boyfriend;
  • Awarding Sentech – and indirectly Nagravision – the contract to install the control system in the locally assembled set-top boxes to further enrich her boyfriend, at the expense of an existing agreement with e-TV and SABC. The courts found Minister Pule’s action unlawful;
  • The killing of the TelkomKT Corporation deal that promised to set Telkom on a path to technological excellence and financial growth;
  • The disruption of Telkom’s AGM and, through her last minute changes to the board elections, temporarily crippled its board’s operations; and
  • Undue interference in the SABC board’s appointment processes of SABC executives.

“The Minister’s 16 months in office have been characterised by her putting her own closed, crony circles above the best interests of the ICT sector,” said Shinn.

“It is high time that she be shown the door and that it be done without any delay. South Africans cannot be expected to wait any longer while this looting of her department continues.”

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