Pule dragged back to court

The Special Investigating Unit has taken former communications minister Dina Pule to court, accusing her of interfering in the awarding of a CEO position at a government parastatal.

According to the Sunday Independent, Zami Nkosi was elected CEO at the Universal Service Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) in March last year due to Pule’s interference.

The Independent reported that the SIU wants Nkosi removed amid an investigation into irregularities in the spending of public funds, and filed an application last week at the Pretoria High Court to have his appointment set aside.

According to the SIU, Nkosi’s contract is invalid because it was made under the advice and dictates of Pule when the former minister had no statutory power under the Electronic Communications Act to dictate.

Programme manager at the SIU, Paul Modipa, said that Pule is cited because “she may have an interest in this application as a result of allegations made about her in this affidavit”.

The Independent highlighted two sets of meeting minutes involving the selection of a chief executive position for USAASA.

Pule was recalled from her position as minister of communications in 2013 following allegations of corruption.

According to Modipa, Pule refused to support any of the candidates originally shortlisted for the post and requested to the USAASA board that it start the process again by initiating a head hunting programme.

The Independent reported that Nkosi then got the job in spite of his lack of suitable qualifications for the job.

The case is due to be heard in August.

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