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DA: Mbete must send clear message to people who mislead Parly

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme says that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete must open criminal cases against those named in a report for possibly misleading an inquiry into the SABC.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Speaker Baleka Mbete must send a clear message that Parliament won’t tolerate people who mislead the institution.

Parliament’s Legal Services has recommended that Minister Faith Muthambi be investigated for possibly misleading an inquiry into the SABC.

Muthambi served as Communications Minister before being appointed to the Public Service and Administration ministry during President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle in March.

The report was tabled by Mbete last week even though she had received the document in June.

DA Member of Parliament Phumzile Van Damme says that Mbete must open criminal cases against those named in the report.

“The Speaker must now lay criminal charges against those individuals who have been identified, which includes Faith Muthambi.”

Four other people were also identified as having possibly misled the inquiry in one way or another.

They include former South African Broadcasting Corporation Board chairperson Ben Ngubane and his successor Mbulaheni Maguvhe, as well as former company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys.