Dina Pule docket has gone missing
The South African Police Services (SAPS) has either lost the docket on former Communications Minister, Dina Pule, or they are failing in their duty to investigate the allegations of corruption against the former Minister.
In both cases they have failed to give adequate feedback on exactly what they have been doing since I was informed in June that the case has been escalated.
I will today again write to the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer, requesting that the police inspectorate within his office investigate this failure of SAPS to investigate.
The DA submitted an affidavit to SAPS at the Cape Town Central Police Station in May this year, requesting that it investigate the possible criminal activities of Ms Pule, her alleged boyfriend Mr Phosane Mngqibisa, the suspended CFO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Ms Gugu Duda and the Group CEO of the SABC Ms Lulama Mokhobo.
SAPS agreed to investigate the allegations, and in June 2013, Cape Town SAPS Colonel Mkhuzo confirmed that witnesses had come forward and the case had been escalated to the anti-corruption unit, the Hawks, in Cape Town.
A response from the Hawks in the Western Cape revealed that they have no record of the corresponding case number and that the specific case is not being investigated by the Hawks. I approached Lieutenant General Lamoer and the National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat, two weeks ago to clarify who is handling the case and to give a progress report. Both have failed to respond.
Uncertainty surrounding the docket raises serious concerns whether political interference in the case might be preventing progress. SAPS needs to explain where the corruption investigation docket into Dina Pule is. There is no exception when it comes to combatting corruption in South Africa's government sector.
Statement issued by Marian Shinn MP, DA Shadow Minister of Communications, July 21 2013
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