Pule lied, here’s the proof: report

The Sunday Times has revealed more evidence about the true nature of the relationship between communications minister Dina Pule and her “lover”, Phosane Mngqibisa.

According to a report run in the paper on Sunday (2 June 2012), not only did Pule identify Mngqibisa as her partner on official trips, but nominated him as her spouse on an trip to Mexico in 2009.

The newspaper – which Pule has publicly accused of being used to blackmail her by corporate interests – said it obtained new documents detailing the trip.

According to the documents, Pule and “spouse” Mngqibisa, accompanied by her former personal assistant, Rebotile Zondo, and deputy director general, Themba Phiri, blew R700,000 on an official trip to Mexico between 2 and 4 Spetember 2009.

The documents were authorised and approved by former acting chief operations officer, Basani Baloyi, and former minister of communications, Siphiwe Nyanda, the paper said.

Nyanda confirmed the trip details, the report said.

“I approved the trip”

“I approved the trip as communications minister at the time,” Nyanda told the Sunday Times.

“I wasn’t aware who the spouse was. I didn’t have to ask her – it’s a private matter.”

Additionaly, Pule and her “spouse” were also approved by Nyanda to attend an M-net function in Nigeria – which the Sunday Times confirmed as occurring on 4 February 2010.

“The records show that they took 20 trips together since 2009. Their last trip together, according to documents in this newspaper’s possession, was on 7 Jue 2012 – the day the ICT Indaba ended,” The Sunday Times reported.

Denial

Pule, who is currently under investigation by a parliamentary committee, has denied that Mngqibisa is her partner.

Speaking on Talk Radio 702 as well as to e-tv’s Justice Malala, Pule referred to Mngqibisa as only her “comrade”.

In response to the new wave allegations by The Sunday Times, Dina Pule’s spokesman, Wisani Ngobeni said that the minister had never named or nominated anyone as her spouse.

“The same issues or matters similar were raised in parliament’s ethics committee, which is conducting an inquiry into minister Pule,” Ngobeni told the paper.

“All the issues were adequately responded to by the minister Pule in the committee,” he said.

Ngobeni said further that it was “common knowledge” the Sunday Times was working with the DA to peddle “false allegations and questionable documents” to damage Pule’s name.

“South Africa is not a banana republic and will never be. No measure of smear or slanderous allegations will change the fact that Minister Pule has done nothing wrong.”

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