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Muthambi’s troubles pile up as reports call for probes into conduct

A report by Parliament’s Legal Services is recommending that Faith Muthambi be investigated for possibly misleading the national legislature during an inquiry into the SABC board last year.

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

PARLIAMENT - Cabinet Minister Faith Muthambi’s troubles in Parliament appear to be piling up.

Communications Portfolio Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana has been handed two reports calling for separate investigations into Muthambi’s conduct while she served as Minister of Communications.

Muthambi was appointed to head the Public Service and Administration Ministry in March 2017 following a turbulent run in her previous portfolio.

A report by Parliament’s Legal Services is recommending that Muthambi be investigated for possibly misleading the national legislature during an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board last year.

Maxegwana has now received that report.

“We must understand, from the office of the National Assembly Speaker (Baleka Mbete), what process we must take.”

The committee has also been asked by the deputy Speaker’s office to look at state capture allegations contained in pressure group, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa)’s, report on the issue but Maxegwana’s yet to table this document.

“This emanates from the Outa allegations.”

Outa has laid treason charges against Muthambi after leaked emails revealed she allegedly shared confidential Cabinet memoranda with Tony Gupta and his associates.

Muthambi is also causing waves at the Department of Public Service and Administration where she’s accused of appointing relatives to work as support staff.

She also reportedly spent nearly R500,000 in taxpayer funds on flying 30 friends and family to Cape Town to attend her budget vote speech in May.

The minister was a no-show in Parliament last week where she was due to answer questions about these allegations.

The Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee, which was led by Makhosi Khoza at the time, agreed to issue a summons to force her to appear in Parliament over the issue.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)