Muthambi ‘must pay back wasted R300 000’

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi File picture: Esa Alexander

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi must account for the R300 000 of taxpayer’s money wasted on flying 30 people to watch her speak in parliament‚ the DA said.

The party’s Desiree van der Walt said yesterday she would write to Dr Makhosi Khoza, chairman of parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration, for Muthambi to appear before it.

“Muthambi must be made to repay every cent she spent on making sure people would come to watch her speak‚” Van der Walt said.

Muthambi’s guests allegedly 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.

“These reports have surfaced on the back of revelations that the Gupta family had received confidential cabinet meeting information from Muthambi in May,” Van der Walt said.

“Meddling Muthambi‚ who is seemingly deeply compromised and who is the very same person who oversaw the demise of the SABC‚ is clearly at it again in her new portfolio.

“She clearly has no inclination to serve South Africa, but is very happy to fly her family and friends around at our expense‚” Van der Walt said.

“The DA is appalled. Muthambi must appear to account before the public service and administration committee and be made to pay back every cent of wasted taxpayers’ money.”

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