Minister’s boyfriend gets millions 'for nothing' - report

Communications Minister Dina Pule's (C) boyfriend reportedly received a multimillion rand pay cheque in management fees for the ICT Indaba. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - It emerged on Sunday that Communications Minister Dina Pule's boyfriend received a multi-million rand pay cheque in management fees for the ICT Indaba.

The Sunday Times reported that her department pressurised organisers to hire Phosane Mngqibisa's company to assist with the major event.

The four-day conference took place in Cape Town in June 2012.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is now demanding that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speed up her investigation into claims Mngqibisa received "money for jam".

It is alleged he was paid R6 million for his role in organising the first ever information and technology indaba.

According to the Sunday Times, a forensic report by lawfirm Werksmans confirms his payment.

The document also states that Mngqibisa could not explain how his company, Khemano Events, came up with the exorbitant amount for their service.

The indaba’s main organiser, Carol Bouwer, also submitted an affidavit to Parliament’s ethics committee, which revealed she was forced to hire him.

It is understood her company only received R2 million for completing the job.

An anonymous source on the Communications Department’s organising team told the newspaper that most of the work was done by the department and Carol Bouwer Productions – Khemano Events was apparently never seen.

The DA Shadow Minister of Communications Marian Shinn said they wanted the probe into allegations to be completed as soon as possible.

“The public protector must please, with haste, conclude her investigation into the way this event was manage and and the minister’s possible conflict of interest in it.

“We did ask for this last year. The public protector did agree to do an investigation.”