Porn-watching Competition body boss replaced [Daily News (South Africa)]
(Daily News (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has brought back former deputy competition commissioner, Thembinkosi Bonakele, as acting boss for six months from today.
This followed the resignation of Competition Commission head, Shan Ramburuth, after "an investigation undertaken into his fitness to hold office", the minister said yesterday.
It emerged in Sunday reports that the investigation against Ramburuth related to some R123 000 billed for accessing porn sites two years ago.
The probe by outside consultants also called for further investigation into possible negligence after R104 000 was run up at taxpayers' expense after Ramburuth's laptop and sim card were stolen in July 2012, and calls to countries like Somalia, Croatia and Bulgaria were made over two days.
Bonakele, who had resigned as deputy commissioner in March, was last month announced as one of the new SABC board members.
Patel said Bonakele was appointed to ensure continuity and "coherent leadership" at the commission.
The Competition Commission, which recently fined top South African construction companies for collusion in building 2010 World Cup stadiums, is expected to shortly launch an investigation into health-care pricing.
The Sunday Times yesterday reported that a forensic investigation report handed to Patel's office last month showed Ramburuth had visited 25 porn sites between August and November 2011, in what was a direct contravention of the commission's internet policy.
Speaking to The Sunday Independent on Saturday, Ramburuth said he had visited an adult website during a work visit to Paris two years ago, but said it was not possible this |was the sole cause of the exorbitant bill.
"I kind of reject the entire amount was used in watching adult sites. I used the computer in the normal course (of work) - my mistake was to leave the (data) roaming on," Ramburuth was quoted as saying.
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