The Cape Chamber of Commerce has called on President Jacob Zuma to suspend communications minister Dina Pule as an act of intervention while she’s under investigation for alleged corruption.
The call comes some months after the chamber appealed to the President in March to take action against Pule as a matter of urgency.
The chamber claimed that business was becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of governance and delivery from the department of communications, and that Pule had failed to reduce corruption and facilitatee ICT development in the country.
“When we called for an intervention by the President into the Department of Communication (DOC) and the allegations against the Minister of Communications, it was in the interest of ensuring that broadband and other national ICT objectives would be met,” executive director of the chamber, Viola Manuel said on Thursday (13 June 2013).
“We are disappointed at the lack of action taken by the President given that the Minister’s public office is under investigation for serious allegations of corruption. It undermines the promises made to fight corruption which has a ripple effect on the confidence to govern important initiatives such as broadband.”
“We re-iterate our call for an intervention by the President and would recommend that, at the very least, the Minister be suspended while she is under investigation and that the Deputy Minister take the lead in strategic initiatives such as the rollout of broadband,” Manuel said.
According to the chamber, the integrity of the communications ministry is critical to the economic well-being of the country and must be fiercely protected against corruption, rampant profiteering and undue influence.
The Cape Chamber of Commerce represents 3,000 businesses, with more than 150 companies involved in the ICT space, and is currently engaging with both the City of Cape Town and the Provincial government of the Western Cape on their broadband initiatives.