DA: Khoza axing does not mean MPs will go easy on Muthambi

Minister Faith Muthambi was due to face the committee on Tuesday over reports she wasted public funds on a trip to Cape Town for 30 friends and family members.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Makhosi Khoza's removal as chairperson of the Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee doesn't mean Members of Parliament (MPs) will go easy on Minister Faith Muthambi for snubbing Parliament this week.

Muthambi was due to face the committee on Tuesday over reports she wasted public funds on a trip to Cape Town for 30 friends and family members.

But the Minister surprised MPs by not showing up for the meeting.

The Public Service and Administration Committee is in flux.

Khoza has been axed as chairperson, and the ANC Chief Whip's office has warned the entire ANC component of the committee could change after five ANC members boycotted Tuesday's meeting.

DA MP Mike Waters says these ructions should not affect the committee's decision to summons the Minister to appear in Parliament.

National Assembly House Chairperson Cedric Frolick has warned MPs against rushing to issue a summons when there's the option of finding a political solution.