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MPs demand Muthambi foots bill for meeting after no-show

The Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee has agreed to issue a summons to force Muthambi to answer questions in Parliament.

FILE: Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) are demanding Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi pay out of her own pocket for wasting Parliament’s money after she snubbed a meeting.

Muthambi was due to face lawmakers on Tuesday over reports she spent nearly R500,000 of public funds to fly a group of friends and family members to Cape Town to attend her budget vote speech earlier this year.

Her no-show prompted parliamentarians to demand that she foot the bill for the logistical costs of the meeting.

The Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee has agreed to issue a summons to force Muthambi to answer questions in Parliament.

Democratic Alliance MP Mike Waters says that the minister is neglecting her responsibilities.

“She has just simply given us a middle finger by failing to appear here today.”

Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has accused Muthambi of trying to escape accountability.

“Let’s subpoena her and then let’s exhaust all the processes.”

Five African National Congress (ANC) MPs did not attend the meeting because it’s chaired by Makhosi Khoza, who they claim has broken the ANC’s rules.

Khoza was clear about her support for a secret vote in last week’s motion of no confidence in the president, which upset her ANC colleagues.