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Pule findings welcomed

South Africans have applauded the nine-member committee which investigated former minister Dina Pule.

Former Communications Minister Dina Pule. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Accountability's Paul Hoffman has welcomed the findings of a committee set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of maladministration against former Communications Minister Dina Pule.

On Wednesday, Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics revealed that Pule had breached the code of conduct of Members of Parliament (MPs).

Pule was fined a full month's salary and suspended for 15 days after being found guilty of breaching the code of conduct for Members of Parliament (MPs).

Further, employees who helped cover for her will face questions from the police.

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

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

The committee found that Pule intentionally misled the panel and that officials may have committed perjury in defending her.

Speaking to 702's Redi Tlhabi on Thursday, Hoffman said it is now up to other state agencies to pursue the matter.

"I believe that the public protector is now going to report on this. I think that her investigation will be more wide-ranging than this one. But at the end of the day, if criminal activity is uncovered, then criminal activity ought to be dealt with through the criminal justice administration."

However, Hoffman also raised concerns about the fight against corruption.

"Since the demise of the Scorpions, we don't have independent anti-corruption machinery in South Africa. The Hawks as a unit in the police do a lot of good work, but their lack of independence really does prevent them when it comes to going after big fish or fish as big as Dina Pule anyway."

Pule was fired during Zuma's controversial cabinet reshuffle in July.

She was replaced with former Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunis Carrim.

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