Pule not off the hook - DA

Dina Pule was ousted during President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

Former Communications Minister Dina Pule. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Former communications minister Dina Pule's axing from the Cabinet does mean she is off the hook, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday.

She was fired on Tuesday during President Jacob Zuma's fourth Cabinet reshuffle since taking office in 2009.

Pule is the focus of investigations by both the public protector and Parliament's ethics committee.

According to reports, Pule's partner Phosane Mngqibisa earned millions from an ICT Indaba hosted by her department in 2012.

The DA asked police to probe Mngqibisa's alleged role in hiring friends and relatives to key entities that reported to Pule.

If Pule stays on in the National Assembly, Parliament's ethics probe will continue.

But if she resigns, the investigation will fall away because she will no longer be subject to the rules of Parliament.

DA MP Marian Shinn says Pule's axing should not let her off the hook.

"We have to make sure that this doesn't just die away otherwise whistle-blowers will just give up and corruption is going to continue."

Shinn has written to Hawks head Anwa Dramat to get confirmation that the unit is investigating the matter.

Pule has denied any wrongdoing.

She maintains there is a political campaign to discredit her.