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'Pule docket not missing'

DA Marian Shinn claimed the docket against Dina Pule was missing.

Former communications minister Dina Pule is the focus of investigations by both the public protector and Parliament's ethics committee. She was one of the victims of President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle on 9 July. Picture:GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have denied claims that the docket pertaining to the case against former communications minister Dina Pule is missing.

The Hawk's Paul Ramaloko was speaking in response to statements made by the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Marian Shinn that the docket was missing because she had struggled to obtain information from both the Hawks and police regarding the claims against Pule.

"The matter is now in our hands. We are continuing with investigations," says Ramaloko.

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

"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.

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

Pule is one of the victims of President Jacob Zuma's controversial cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.