Natasha Marrian And Khulekani Magubane
Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi and her director-general‚ Mashwahle Diphofa‚ on Tuesday failed to appear before the portfolio committee on public service and administration‚ where Muthambi was to be quizzed on the allegations that she flew 30 family members and friends to Parliament for her budget vote address at the taxpayers’ expense.
The meeting was chaired by ANC MP Makhosi Khoza‚ a critic of President Jacob Zuma who herself is facing a disciplinary process by the party.
Although the ANC in Parliament on Tuesday assured the public that its MPs would be present in the meeting‚ Khoza and member for the ANC Shedrack Booi were the only committee members from the governing party at the meeting‚ which was to discuss annual reports of the department and its entities.
All committee members present vented their outrage at the absence‚ not only of Muthambi and Diphofa‚ but of five ANC members of the committee.
Opposition MPs called for the minister to be subpoenaed and Booi did not oppose this suggestion‚ noting that the committee was empowered to do so if sue did not respect the committee.
Muthambi was also to face allegations of nepotism.
The assurance from the ANC came after MPs who disagreed with Khoza had threatened to pull out of the sitting.
It is understood that ANC MPs held a meeting ahead of the 2pm session of the portfolio committee.
A letter from a group of five ANC MPs to ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu asks him suspend all further meetings until Khoza’s conduct is “addressed”.
– See the letter here‚ as shared by a fellow Tiso Blackstar parliamentary correspondent:
I'm reliably told that Faith Muthambi attended this study group gathering but is not a signatory. pic.twitter.com/ckcE1kmN3h
— Babalo (@BabaloNdenze) August 15, 2017
Source: TMG Digital.