Sunday Times11 August 2013
Dina Pule Guilty of Lying to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests
Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests led by ANC's Ben Turok has found former communications minister Dina Pule guilty on all but one of the charges she faced and has found that she "wilfully misled" Parliament during its investigation into her conduct and providing improper benefits to her boyfriend and breaching the code of conduct for Members of Parliament. During the investigation, she was given chances to modify her statements but refused to so. The main issue in the case related to the intimate relationship between Pule and Phosane Mngqibisa, who without doubt was deemed by the panel to be Pule's de facto permanent companion or spouse and whose company, Khemano, benefited financially from the department. Pule gained the attention of Parliament's ethics watchdog after two MPs asked that she be investigated after the Sunday Times and other newspapers reported allegations that Mngqibisa had benefited from the ICT Indaba that Pule's department hosted in 2012.
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