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DA investigates Pule case docket

The DA has raised concerns about the validity of the Dina Pule police investigation.

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

JOHANNESBURG - This morning the DA's Marian Shinn suggested the Dina Pule case docket was missing because she had struggled to obtain information from the Hawks and police regarding the claims against the former communications minister.

Shinn who is looking into the case against Pule said despite constant calls and emails she had not received information involving the case.

The DA was calling for clarity on exactly who is dealing with the case against former communications minister Dina Pule.

"In this vacuum of information, one tends to speculate whether this is perhaps political interference, whether it was perhaps passed down in favour of the minister of communications before she was removed from her post by one of her cabinet colleagues," said Shinn.

"Or perhaps this is just police incompetence and somewhere along the line the two branches of the police just aren't talking to each other," she added.

The Hawks' Paul Ramaloko has since confirmed that they do in fact have the docket pertaining to the case against Pule.

"We do confirm that the matter was reported to a Western Cape police station. The matter is now in our hands, investigations are under way."

Questions were raised about Pule after a Sunday Times report concerning irregularities at a cellphone service provider convention in Cape Town.

At the time, it was alleged that her boyfriend was involved in the irregular spending of state funds. Pule is also supposed to be investigated for offering jobs to her boyfriend's friends.

Pule denies any wrongdoing and accused the Sunday Times newspaper of launching a smear campaign against her.