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Dept refuses to comment after Muthambi's Parly no-show

Faith Muthambi was due to face Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday over allegations she flew 30 friends and family to Cape Town for her budget vote at the taxpayers' expense.

Former Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi's department has refused to comment on her no-show in Parliament.

Muthambi was due to face Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday over allegations she flew 30 friends and family to Cape Town for her budget vote at the taxpayers' expense.

But Muthambi snubbed the meeting without offering members of the portfolio committee on public service and administration an explanation.

MPs have agreed to issue a summons to force Muthambi, her director-general and other officials who had failed to attend Tuesday's meeting to appear in Parliament.

The Public Service and Administration Department's spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba has refused to explain why the Minister did not attend.

He would only say that Muthambi will deal with the issue directly with Parliament.

The committee is chaired by outspoken African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza who raised the ire of some ruling party members because of her support for a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence in the president.

In protest against her chairmanship, five ANC MPs also snubbed the meeting.

They are now in trouble with the party's chief whip.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)