Carrim mum on DoC ethics investigation

Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim will wait on the outcome of the Public Service Commission before deciding whether to take action against senior Department of Communications (DoC) officials, he said today (20 August 2013).

“I conferred with the Chief State Law Advisor, Enver Daniels and was advised that I should await the outcome of the investigation by the Public Service Commission,” Carrim said in a statement.

“Once the outcome is determined and the matter referred to my office, I will take further advice and decide on appropriate action,” he said.

This follows a recommendation from the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics that deputy directors-general Themba Phiri and Sam Vilakazi be investigated by the Public Service Commission.

The committee’s findings implicated the senior DoC officials in the scandal that resulted in former Minister of Communication being found guilty of abusing her power and lying to parliament.

The committee found Pule guilty of abusing her power, and for wilfully misleading the panel with regards to the relationship she had with businessman Phosane Mngqibisa, which was found to be her de fact permanent spouse.

Pule was found guilty of “causing improper benefits to be afforded to Mr Phosane Mngqibisa on the basis of his relationship with her”.

In July, during a presidential cabinet reshuffle, Jacob Zuma fired Pule from her role as communications minister. However, Pule remained in government as a member of parliament.

Pule was also subsequently appointed to the Portfolio Committee of Transport.

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