Zuma must act against Pule

Dina Pule must be removed from office before she does any further damage to South Africa's information and communications technology sector. By Marian Shinn.

Marian Shinn

Marian Shinn

The Democratic Alliance reiterates its call for President Zuma to fire communications minister Dina Pule without any further delay. The latest revelations in the Sunday Times this weekend that Pule’s boyfriend, Phosane Mngqibisa, had been able to secure top jobs for friends and relatives at the Post Office, Sentech, the Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa and the SABC with the minister’s full knowledge is further evidence of the complete mismanagement of the department of communications on her watch.

I will also be writing to public protector Thuli Madonsela to request that she investigate these serious allegations of nepotism against the minister in terms of the Executive Ethics Act. In particular, she must investigate these latest allegations in terms of section 2(1)(b)(ii) acting in a way that is inconsistent with their office; (iii) exposing themselves to any situation involving the risk of a conflict between their official responsibilities and their private interests; (iv) using their position of any information entrusted to them, to enrich themselves or improperly benefit any other person; and (v) acting in a way that may compromise the credibility or integrity of their office or of the government.

Zuma has already procrastinated too long on this issue. His failure to act speedily on accepting the resignations of the SABC board chair and vice-chair led to the collapse of the board and rendered the corporation ungovernable. If he continues to do the same with acting against Pule, it will have the same destructive effect on South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

It is clear that she lacks the leadership to fulfil her duties effectively as a member of cabinet. Her two presentations to parliament’s portfolio committee on communications in the past week were disingenuous, self-pitying and often far from the truth. Her overview of the department’s strategic plan was nothing short of pathetic, and lacked substance.

Pule must be removed before she does any further damage to the sector or begins to interfere, as she has done before, with the new SABC interim board in order to get her way with actions that were previously opposed by the board.

It is time for Zuma to put the interests of the country ahead of his own political survival. Pule must be removed urgently if the president is serious about making ICT relevant to the South African economy and our country’s social development agenda.

  • Marian Shinn is a Democratic Alliance MP and shadow minister of communications

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  • http://twitter.com/randjes Adrian Schofield

    Sadly, nothing seems to be more important than Zuma’s “survival” and I doubt he is serious about ICTs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527737873 Vusi Sibiya

    It is clear that she lacks the leadership to fulfil her duties effectively as a member of cabinet. Her two presentations to parliament’s portfolio committee on communications in the past week were disingenuous, self-pitying and often far from the truth. Her overview of the department’s strategic plan was nothing short of pathetic, and lacked substance.

    The DoC certainly deserves better and the current minister is definitely not the right person for the job; but one thing which has become very clear with what we’re learning right here from TechCentral from all these articles is that the DA with their shadow minister of communications Marian Shinn, have a far more pathetic candidate that bases everything that she comes up with from weekend newspapers whilst stealing taxpayer money for a salary earned doing absolutely nothing.

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    I agree I wouldn’t want Marian Shinn as Communications Minister – it seems the closest she has to relevant work experience is being an IT Journalist/PR, and I object to unqualified appointments regardless of political alignment. She’d probably do a better job than Dina Pule, but that’s really setting the bar low.

    If you read back a bit, you’ll notice that TechCentral was cautiously optimistic about Dina Pule when she was appointed, there was certainly no bias against her. Her serial bungling and corruption has earned her the criticism she got.

  • John Mitchell

    What a mess!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527737873 Vusi Sibiya

    Agreed… There needs to be a credible appointment/deployment made to this position and babbling on and on about firing people when you going to turn around and not have any suitable proposals for getting the positions filled is just as silly as delaying or procrastinating in making a decision moving forward. I’ll stick with the idiots/devils I know, thank you very much. There’s nothing to convince me to do otherwise thus far.

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