Taxpayers fork out R1m for Pule's legal bill

Taxpayers fork out R1m for Pule's legal bill

2013-09-13 16:05

Cape Town - Taxpayers have had to fork out over R1m for former communications minister Dina Pule's legal fees, her successor Yunus Carrim revealed on Friday.

"The total legal costs incurred thus far in respect of these matters amount to R1 187 148.82," Carrim said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

Marian Shinn of the Democratic Alliance asked Carrim how much the department had to pay for Pule's legal teams in her cases against the Sunday Times at the press ombudsman, her defence during parliament's ethics committee probe and her lawyers' fees during an investigation by the public protector.

It also emerged that the legal bill could rise even further.

"Some legal costs are still payable, but are unknown at this stage," Carrim said.

Pule was axed from cabinet in July, amid allegations of misconduct against her.

Last month, parliament's ethics committee found Pule had "wilfully misled" parliament by denying her romantic relationship with a man who allegedly made millions from sponsorship deals with her former department.

In June, she also lost a battle against the Sunday Times, which she accused of acting unethically by handing over information to DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard. She accused the newspaper of thereby having lost its independence in favour of the DA.

This was the same information used to launch the ethics probe into Pule.

The press ombudsman also found against Pule.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-09-13 16:12

    Breathtaking! Only fools vote for the corrupt anc

      Bullet Proof - 2013-09-13 16:19

      WTF. we are paying to protect crooks. The anc is so vrot that their coffins have holes in so that even the maggot's can get out and puke

      Cecil Wright - 2013-09-13 16:47

      Does not matter if you vote for them or not. They cannot count so they will win anyway

      Cecil Wright - 2013-09-13 16:50

      Why is the taxpayer paying for her legal bills???????? She has been dismissed, but this is the way in Africa - steal as much as you can at the expense of the few non blacks who pay tax. My opinion is that if this country is to survive, then the ANC has to be got rid of permanently

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-09-14 20:50

      @Cecil Wright-Do you really believe in your half cent brain that only a few "non blacks" pays tax? You won't believe how much some of us blacks pays, and it's not a crime to pay your taxes unless you want SARS to kick your fat but

  • Airport B'nb - 2013-09-13 16:17

    We, the taxpayers, are sick and tired of this. Why can't she and all the others pay for their own legal bills? This is what you and I would have to do, right?

      sxp - 2013-09-15 13:59

      Agreed, but the masses who do not pay taxes do not give a damn. There is real evil in this whole system of demoncrazy.

  • Kelvin Graham Strachan - 2013-09-13 16:41


  • Nathi Ntshobodwana - 2013-09-13 16:41

    Diva Pule looks very trouble some.

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-09-13 16:43

    makes me mal to have to pay for the bile that these arrogant anc pigs spew!

  • roosboom - 2013-09-13 16:45

    Makes me sick on my stomach

  • YISIT - 2013-09-13 16:45

    We are getting tired of people being appointed to senior positions and then, subsequently, found to be unsuitable for the job. What mechanisms exist for probing these candidates BEFORE they are appointed. We recently heard of a senior policeman's appointment being withdrawn for reasons that could have been established beforehand. We were told that after the appointment further checks were due to be made. Good reasoning. Further examples of the reckless use of the taxpayer's money to defend another fragile ego. That's my current contribution to the state of the nation. Are cost ever awarded against the plaintiff to be paid by the individual, not the taxpayer?

      Tumelo Motloung - 2013-09-14 20:46

      Vaal Koos what do you really mean when you say it's a black thing?I see you have supporters for your racists bile

  • proudlysa - 2013-09-13 16:51

    Let her boyfriend pay, he made millions from corrupt deals!!!

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-09-13 17:16

    I am a taxpayer but i did not 'fork' up R1m. Dont you have something to report on?

      Beatrix Rode - 2013-09-13 17:40

      Oh the stupidity off the SA's!!

      Elgh Elgh - 2013-09-13 17:47

      Did you read the article, it says Taxpayers which means plural you idiot.

      Thoko Khanya - 2013-09-13 17:58

      Abantu abafana nawe abenza abelungu bacabange ukuthi asinangqondo. You are a disgrace to us.

      JMaree - 2013-09-13 18:00

      Wow, relax everyone, he MUST be joking (I don't get it) No-one can be this stupid...

      Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-09-13 18:16

      Media has really brain washed most of u. Pule was a minister and procedurally so she is entitled to those legal fees regardless of guilty or not. Someone decides to play around your easy minds and you start jumping up and down for nothing. If its not tax, where must her legal fees come from as a minister?

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2013-09-15 20:36

      Tell me Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - if you behave criminally at work, do you or your company pay the bill??............................SURPRISE YOU DO. She should pay her own bill out of her own assets, just like the rest of us

  • Anthony Bingham - 2013-09-13 17:18

    Vile and rotten ANC

  • Neal Badenhorst - 2013-09-13 17:40

    Why her bill and not the Marikana workers'?

  • Jane Dawson - 2013-09-13 17:45


  • Luzuko Tosh Plaatjie - 2013-09-13 17:46

    Why politicians like to hire expensive lawyers? Expensive doesn't mean good or better.

  • Luzuko Tosh Plaatjie - 2013-09-13 17:48

    But Jeff Radebe can't pay for miners

  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-09-13 17:48


  • James Smythe - 2013-09-13 17:49

    Even using the doctrine, accepted in law, that a person - any person - is innocent until proven guilty, then these people should be forced to repay every cent if found guilty and to pay interest on the amount too - just like on any other loan! Going in they it must be demanded that they sign an agreement to repay. If they are not prepared to do that then let them find funding elsewhere to feed the voracious lawyers and advocates! That would represent a massive privilege already - to be loaned the money by government to defend themselves against what, in some cases (but I doubt that is the case here!) may be spurious allegations and charges. Enough already! - we are all so sick and tired of these thieves and that has nothing to do with the colour of their skin or even the party they belong to.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-09-13 17:59

    Look at the picture - a bigger blue thief you will not find !!

  • MJS1234 - 2013-09-13 18:16

    Seriously, F*** that! Make her pay her own legal bills. Nobody in this country should work to pay for this corrupt fools bills. Hasn't she spent enough of our money already!!!

  • Anthony Richardson - 2013-09-13 18:44

    Again the taxpayer must foot the bill in defense of the indefensible by another incompetent cadre? This woman blustered and tried to deflect scrutiny, tried to make deals with the media and we must pay for this, why? She obviously has no moral scruples or an ounce of integrity to her name. Set the asset forfeiture unit on her and recover these costs, as a taxpayer who's money has been squandered, this is the least I expect. Sell her shoes! What really sucks is that JZ didn't have the balls to fire her outright, she's still an MP drawing a monthly salary at my and your expense. What a sick, corrupt society we live in

  • Freddy Masia - 2013-09-13 20:19

    What's R1m compared to R260m spent in inkandla? Just asking,very sad.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-09-14 06:45

      Not the point Freddy. Simply put, she must pay back taxpayer money with interest . It's been a free for all in d stealing billions and the poor have stayed poor. Shame on you ANC ooops they have no shame, no education, no ethics, no scruples and no nothing. Fools

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-09-14 17:46

      Sadly Arthur they do have something - the keys to the Treasury where hardworking people like miners tax money is being used willy nilly for luxuries and bonuses for so called performance when the only performance they are capable of is expressing shock over road deaths or holding lavish parties or building their own private residence complete with a bunker just like Hitler had. Zuma can't afford to fire these crooks because he is their leader.

  • Henry Ganewe - 2013-09-13 22:12

    for wht mst this corrupt Pule be funded our money she paid herself already

  • Kamogelo Majoe - 2013-09-13 22:26

    why is it that she is not held accountable for those legal fees since she was found guilty? the govt should also recover the money that was benefited by her so called boyfriend if truly indeed he benefited by illegal means.

  • Angela Gilmour - 2013-09-14 07:47

    Don't panic everyone, the 'Zuma Circle' is getting smaller by the day, and very shortly it will implode.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-09-14 11:38

    It's an absolute disgrace.

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-09-14 14:45

    we are doomed voetsek

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2013-09-14 16:25

    So nice. I work my bum off to pay fir this peacock' s legal bill

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-09-14 19:16

    The time is NOW that we get rid of Zuma and ALL his cronies. Do not forget to include clever Trevor who recently blew over one million Rands of taxpayers money on a new car!

  • sxp - 2013-09-15 13:58

    If she is guilty of any offence, she should be forced to pay back the money to us the tax payers, as well as any funds she stole or misappropriated. True justice is what we demand.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2013-09-15 20:33

    Why, for the love off al that is holy, must the taxpayers pay for politicians criminal beahviour? (The fact that politicians are by default dodgy characters is beside the point) If a private person screws up, he pays, he himself and nobody else. I fI behave criminaly in the execution of my work, the legal bill is mine. Wouter Bason should be handled the same way - the STATE should foot the bill, just like they ared oing for their own cadres

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