03 February 2013
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has taken
note, with great concern, of the Sunday Times' latest report of
shenanigans involving the now discredited ICT Indaba, and the
alleged dubious involvement of the Communications Minister Dina
Today's revelations that Minister Dina Pule's
boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, was paid R6-million in management
fees for doing nothing, is just the latest in a string of
alleged failures, indiscretions, extravagances, questionable
actions and lack of leadership, indulgently glossed over or even
exonerated and executed by Minister Pule.
In light of the new revelations, the IFP
believes that, if President Zuma is committed to an accountable
and transparent Cabinet, the Presidency should launch its own
urgent investigation into the alleged irregularities surrounding
the ICT Indaba.
This seemingly 'blank cheque' approach towards
the spending of public funds cannot be tolerated. Too many South
Africans are suffering in poverty and extreme hardship. It would
be immoral to overlook misconduct on the part of ministers.
Furthermore, we call on the Public Protector
to take note of the latest revelations in the ICT Indaba saga
and finalize her investigation into this matter urgently.
If Minister Pule is guilty, she needs to be
shown the door. Ministers, after all, are supposed to be
guardians of the public purse and their various portfolios and
thus have an obligation to raise the bar in respect of good
conduct and ethical behaviour.
Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP
IFP Spokesperson on Communications