Muthambi in ‘fam­ily jun­ket’ row

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

PUB­LIC Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Faith Muthumbi,

pic­tured, needs to ac­count to Par­lia­ment for wast­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of rand of pub­lic money on a “fam­ily jun­ket”, the DA said yes­ter­day.

The DA would ask pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion port­fo­lio com­mit­tee chair­woman Makhosi Khoza to sum­mon Muthambi to ac­count for wast­ing R300 000 of tax­pay­ers’ money on fly­ing 30 peo­ple to watch her give a speech in Par­lia­ment, DA spokes­woman De­siree van der Walt said.

“Muthambi must be made to re­pay every cent she spent on mak­ing sure peo­ple would come to watch her speak. Her guests in­cluded her son, sis­ter, aunt and mother, and for­mer SABC board chair­woman Ellen Tsha­bal­ala. A Lim­popo po­lice con­sta­ble was em­ployed by Muthambi as her per­sonal as­sis­tant and for­mer SABC boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng’s daugh­ter was also hired by her,” Van der Walt said.

Th­ese re­ports had sur­faced on the back of rev­e­la­tions that the wealthy, po­lit­i­cally con­nected Gupta fam­ily had re­ceived highly con­fi­den­tial cab­i­net meet­ing in­for­ma­tion from Muthambi in May.

“Med­dling” Muthambi, who was seem­ingly deeply com­pro­mised and who was the very same per­son who over­saw the demise of the SABC, was clearly at it again in her new port­fo­lio, she said.

“Muthumbi clearly had no in­cli­na­tion to serve South Africa but was very happy to fly her fam­ily and friends around at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense.

“The DA will not stand for this. Muthambi must ap­pear to ac­count be­fore the pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion com­mit­tee and be made to pay back every cent of wasted tax­pay­ers’ money.” – ANA

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