Don't pre-judge Pule - committee

Eric Kholwane said people should wait for the outcome of probes against Minister Dina Pule.

President Jacob Zuma, Communications Minister Dina Pule and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications on Monday said people should not jump to conclusions about Minister Dina Pule.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called on President Jacob Zuma to fire her following weekend reports of nepotism in her department.

The Sunday Times claims Pule's boyfriend secured top jobs for friends and relatives at the Post Office, Sentech and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Parliament's ethics committee has already been asked to investigate allegations of a conflict of interest involving Pule.

This after her boyfriend allegedly benefitted financially from an indaba in 2012.

The public protector is also investigating her.

Portfolio committee chairperson Eric Kholwane said those probes will provide answers.

"Both processes are still ongoing and my appeal is that we allow the processes to run smoothly. I think it is premature to be judgmental while the processes are still unfolding."

Pule has denied the allegations and said the media is running a smear campaign against her.