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Panel to probe Pule's role in ICT Indaba

A nine-member panel will investigate Communications Minister Dina Pule’s conduct into the ICT Indaba.

A nine-member panel will investigate Communications Minister Dina Pule’s conduct into the ICT Indaba.

CAPE TOWN - Communications Minister Dina Pule will be called to defend herself during a hearing organised by Parliament's joint committee on ethics.

The committee last week appointed a nine-member panel to look into Pule's role in an ICT Indaba which her department hosted in 2012.

The indaba was attended by delegates from across the globe and was meant to discuss how South Africa can bridge the digital divide and unlock opportunities that technology presents.

It is alleged Pule's romantic partner was involved in co-ordinating the event and earned millions from it.

The hearing chaired by ANC MP Ben Turok will be held behind closed doors from 22 to 26 April.

The panel will first have to establish whether Pule's partner benefitted from the indaba.

Co-chairperson of Parliament's joint committee on ethics Lemias Mashile says, "If that is true then the question is whether the minister disclosed that she has a relationship with the gentleman when he was appointed to be part of the management of the ICT Indaba."

Other members of the panel include the ANC's Andrew Mlangeni and Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard.

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