Pule breached MPs code of conduct

Dina Pule wilfully misled the nine-member panel which was investigating her.

Axed Communications Minister Dina Pule. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ethics watchdog has thrown the book at former communications minister Dina Pule.

She has been slapped with the maximum penalties after being found guilty of breaching the code of conduct for Members of Parliament (MPs).

Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests released the findings of the panel that investigated Pule on Wednesday afternoon.

The allegations against Pule centred on her failure to disclose a relationship with Phosane Mngqibisa.

The investigating panel found he was indeed her partner and benefitted substantially through his association with her.

Mngqibisa allegedly got a subcontract for the Cape Town ICT Indaba through Pule.

Pule was found to have wilfully misled the panel and officials from her department may have committed perjury in defending her.

Pule faces a public rebuke, a fine of one month's salary and being stripped of her MP privileges for 15 days.

The perjury matter will be referred to the police.

President Jacob Zuma fired Pule as communications minister during his cabinet reshuffle in July.

Pule has denied any wrongdoing and maintains the allegations are part of a smear campaign against her.