Pule report to be tabled next week

Disgraced former communications minister Dina Pule will learn her fate next week.

Former communications minister Dina Pule. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News has learnt the report from Parliament's Ethics Committee on sacked communications minister Dina Pule will come before the National Assembly next week.

Pule has been found guilty of breaching the code of conduct for Members of Parliament (MPs).

The committee also found that Pule and department officials may have purged themselves during the probe.

The committee revealed last week that Pule had lied and Phosane Mngqibisa was indeed her lover.

Mngqibisa benefitted financially from deals made with Pule's department.

She also took him to international trips during her tenure as minister.

The National Assembly must now decide whether to adopt the report and its recommendations or refer it back to the ethics committee for changes.

Ethics Committee chairperson Professor Ben Turok will present the damning report on the disgraced former minister during Tuesday's first plenary seating for this term.

Only once the National Assembly has endorsed the report will her punishment kick in, which will include, a public reprimand by Parliament Speaker Max Sisulu, a fine of a month's salary and a loss of her MP privileges for 15 days.

Once endorsed, the report will be sent to the police, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Public Service Commission.

ASSASSINATION PLOT

Over the weekend, it was reported that Mngqibisa had allegedly hired another man to recruit a hitman to murder Turok and Registrar of Member's Interests for the Parliamentary Ethics Committee, Fazela Mohamed.

Police has since assigned bodyguards for the two officials.

The man claims he has evidence to back up his allegations.

The ANC has since called on the police to investigate the matter, but however says, Pule remains innocent until the National Assembly decides to endorse the report.

OPPOSITION PARTIES

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance and other parties have urged state entities to now take the matter forward.

The parties want criminal charges to be brought against Pule.

The Hawks are also investigating the matter.