Govt appeals to media on Pule saga

The Communication Department says the media must await the outcome of Dina Pule’s hearing.

Communications Minister Dina Pule. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - The Department of Communications on Monday appealed to the media, and the Sunday Times in particular, to await the outcome of a parliamentary investigation into Minister Dina Pule's conduct.

The plea came a day after the weekly newspaper published a story apparently revealing further evidence that Pule abused her position.

The minister was accused of giving tenders to her boyfriend and interfering in tender processes.

She accused the Sunday Times of purposefully publishing the latest story to influence the outcomes of investigations by Parliament and the Public Protector.

Pule was expected to appear before Parliament's Ethics Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday to answer to the allegations uncovered by the newspaper in a series of exposés.

The minister's office said it was not aware of the documents used to substantiate the latest allegations against her.

Pule accused the newspaper and several of its journalists of running a smear and blackmail campaign against her.

She claimed people with vested interests in a multi-million rand set-top box tender were using the reporters to get to her.