Confusion surrounds the Hawks investigation into former minister of communications, Dina Pule, as conflicting statements draw the status of the case into question.
On Sunday (21 July 2013) a Hawks spokesman, Captain Paul Ramaloko confirmed to Sapa that the investigation into Pule was now in the hands of the special SAPS unit.
However, according to shadow minister of communications, Marian Shinn, the statement from the Hawks contridicts statements she received relating to the probe, which the DA initiated in May 2013.
“I first wrote to the Hawks Director because I had received conflicting reports from the detective branch and the Hawks in Cape Town and wanted clarity,” Shinn said.
The last written communication received from the Hawks on the case denied that the unit is investigating Pule, saying that the matter is with Cape Town detectives.
According to Shinn, three high-level Hawks officers were contacted for clarity on the issue, but the only response she got was confirmation that Colonel Mkhuzo of the Cape Town Detective Branch is in possession of the investigation and also the investigating officer.
“Colonel Mkhuzo has always insisted to me, verbally, that he handed over the investigation to the Hawks early in June,” the shadow minister said.
“The continuing uncertainty over the progress of the investigation arouses suspicion that there could be political interference in the process, a conflict between the detective branch and the Hawks on the jurisdiction of this investigation or just plain inefficiency in the process of the investigation,” Shinn said.
President Jacob Zuma axed Pule earlier this month (9 July) during a Cabinet reshuffle.
Pule was replaced by former co-operative government and traditional affairs deputy minister Yunus Carrim.