A R2.6 million recruitment deal with Mindworx led to the appointment of cronies of her boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, to the boards of key parastatals. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
According to the report Pule bypassed Treasury rules by appointing Mindworx without a bidding process – a firm which allegedly has links to Mngqibisa and to Pule’s office project manager Andiswa Booysen.
The Sunday Times alleges that Mindworx recruited the following associates of Pule and Mngqibisa:
- Sentech Chairman Thabo Mongake
- Post Office Chairman George Mothema
- Post Office board member Buhle Mthethwa
- Universal Access Agency board member Phumla Radebe
- Universal Access Agency board member Angie Maseka
Pule has previously rejected claims that she is romantically linked to Phosane Mngqibisa, as alleged by the Sunday Times.
“I know him as a comrade, but I have nothing to do with him, and I am surprised that the Sunday Times wants me to take responsibility for activities of people that are happening outside, private people that I don’t know, and I have to say I know him. And they don’t bring a shred of evidence,” said Pule.
The Communications Minister also denied wrongdoing regarding parastatal appointments or corruption related to the ICT Indaba held last year.
Parliament is set to investigate the ethical conduct of Pule in a hearing this week. Media reports suggest that Parliament’s ethics committee is working through 2,000 pages of evidence against Pule.
The DA also wants the police to investigate Pule after it laid criminal charges against the Minister of Communications at the Cape Town Central police station on 10 April 2013.