DA still wants Dina Pule probed

DA wants a confirmation from the Hawks on whether Dina Pule and her partner are being probed.

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

CAPE TOWN - In a written request, the Democratic Alliance (DA) want a confirmation from Hawks head Anwa Dramaton whether his unit are investigating allegations against axed Communications Minister Dina Pule and her partner Phosane Mngqibisa.

The party's Marian Shinn said on Wednesday she asked the police in May to investigate Pule and her romantic partner's alleged involvement in the 'jobs for pals' scandal at entities that reported to her.

Its alleged Pule's romantic partner earned millions from an Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Indaba hosted by her department last year.

It is believed her department pressurised organisers to hire Mngqibisa's company to assist with the major event at a cost of R6 million.

The four day conference took place in Cape Town in June 2012.

Shinn said she was told in June the case had been handed over to the Hawks.

Pule is also the focus of probes by both the Public Protector and Parliament's ethics watchdog.

Shinn said it is important that the former minister's actions are fully investigated.

"If we're expecting public servants to play an active role in helping to root out corruption, it needs to be taken further than just being dropped or swept under the carpet because the minister has resigned or been moved."

Meanwhile, Pule has denied any wrongdoing but has been mired in controversy in recent months.

She accused the Sunday Times newspaper of a smear campaign against her following a series of articles into her department.

She accused the paper of painting her as a corrupt minister without providing evidence.