Pule accuses newspaper of 'smear campaign'

Communications Minister Dina Pule has accused the Sunday Times of running a smear campaign against her.

Communications Minister Dina Pule. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Dina Pule on Monday accused the Sunday Times of being controlled by businessmen in running a 10-month long smear campaign against her.

Pule said the newspaper has flouted many press codes in its bid to assist people eying tenders in her department.

Pule and her alleged boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa have repeatedly been accused of corruption, cronyism, self-enrichment and mismanagement.

She accused the newspaper of allowing powerful businessmen to use the publication to blackmail her.

"The _Sunday Times _handlers, who are high-profiled business people and politicians, thought that they could coerce me into a corner by threatening me to make revelations."

It is alleged that Pule's boyfriend helped business associates and friends to get positions on the boards of the Post Office and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) among other entities.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the police to investigate Pule for corruption.

Earlier in April, DA MP Marian Shinn submitted an affidavit to the Cape Town central police station detailing why police should investigate Pule.