Muthambi denies dodging Parliament

Muthambi was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday when she was confronted by an EFF MP about her recent failure to appear in Parliament.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi of disrespecting parliament and trying to dodge accountability.

Muthambi was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday afternoon when she was confronted by an EFF lawmaker about her recent failure to appear in Parliament.

Last month, the Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee called her to respond to allegations of nepotism and the misuse of public funds, but she didn't show up.

A spirited Tebogo Mokwele of the EFF asked Muthambi when she intends resigning from Cabinet.

“You’re disrespecting, it’s what you’re doing now. Laughing at members when they want to address you.”

Muthambi refused to answer the question.

She also denied that she's been dodging her responsibilities to Parliament.

“I want to dismiss all these allegations as raised with contempt based on the fact that I’ve never abrogated my responsibility.”

In recent weeks, President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa have both been asked by frustrated opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) when they intend giving Muthambi the boot.