Department did not get Pule report

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Former communications minister Dina Pule. File photo: Neil Baynes

Johannesburg - The communications department has yet to receive a report by the public protector on former minister Dina Pule.

“As soon as we receive it, we'll seek legal guidance on how to take forward the recommendations,” department spokesman Siya Qoza said in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Pule had to apologise to Parliament, the communications department, and to the Sunday Times for “persistently lying and unethical conduct”.

Madonsela released a final report on her investigation into allegations of corruption and a potential conflict of interest against Pule.

The probe involved Pule's appointment of service providers to do event management for the ICT Indaba in Cape Town, which was held from June 4 to 7 last year.

Madonsela found Pule unlawfully extended her spousal benefits to her romantic partner Phosane Mngqibisa. She found that despite numerous denials, Pule told her department Mngqibisa was her official companion.

Madonsela said at a meeting Pule told her Mngqibisa was not her spouse, as he was married to someone else under civil law.

She said Pule pledged to repay the money spent by the communications department. She had since paid back more than R89 000. The money was spent when Mngqibisa accompanied Pule on overseas trips, as a spouse.

Madonsela said the amount of money spent on Mngqibisa had not yet been determined, but that the department should be reimbursed every cent.


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