ANC wants probe into assassination plot

Dina Pule’s boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa hired someone to kill Ben Turok, according to the Sunday Times.

Former Minister of Communications Dina Pule accompanied addressing a press conference on the New Set top Boxes held in the margins of the ICT Indaba 2012 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town. 6 June 2012. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it views the assassination allegations levelled against its party member and axed communication minister Dina Pule in a very serious light and has urged the police to get to the bottom of it.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Pule has been linked to an alleged plot to assassinate top parliamentary officials probing her for misconduct.

According to the paper, there is a man who claims he was hired by Pule's boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, to arrange the murders of parliamentary Ethics Committee Chairman Ben Turok and the Registrar of Member's Interests, Fazela Mohamed.

The man says Mngqibisa approached him and called a hit of Turok so that he could not attend the final sit-down of the ethics committee and give the accused more time to come up with a solution for their problems.

He also claims Mngqibisa offered him R400,000 to falsify documents to counter all claims against him and Pule.

He says he has text messages, emails and recordings to prove his claims.

It is believed a top-level police investigation into these claims is now underway.

This week Pule was found guilty of lying to parliament after she handed out foreign trips and business deals to Mngqibisa.

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.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says the police must establish who is behind the association plot.

"Whoever is behind the plot should face the full might of the law. We don't think it is correct for anybody to threaten members of parliament."

Last week, the ruling party said Pule remains innocent until the committee's report was endorsed by the National Assembly.

The party also commended the committee for their investigation and said they were pleased Pule subjected herself to the probe.