Dina Pule left out in the cold

Unlike her predecessor Roy Padayachie, former minister of communications, Dina Pule will not be redeployed, according to presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Pule, who was axed from her position as part of a cabinet reshuffle on 9 July, had been embroiled in a number of scandals over the last year, including accusations of cronyism and maladministration.

The former minister was matter-of-factly dumped by President Jacob Zuma, who declined to comment on his decision early this month, and replaced by Yunus Carrim, a former South African deputy minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.

Maharaj told BusinessTech that, while President Zuma took a decision not to redeploy the controversial Pule, she remains a Member of Parliament through her affiliation with the African National Congress.

The presidential spokesperson said that Zuma did not have the power to remove her as a member of parliament.

Efforts to contact Wisani Ngobeni – a chief director responsible for marketing and communication in the Department of Communications – over Pule’s current position, proved futile.

Pule was appointed to her position in October 2011, having served as deputy minister of the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation between 2010 and 2011.

Between 2009 and 2010, Pule served as deputy minister of communications.

The former minister is currently being investigated by the Public Protector regarding her involvement in the ICT Indaba scandal, following reports that R25 million raised by sponsors for the event could not be accounted for.

Pule is also currently under investigation by both Parliament’s Ethics Committee and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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