Faith Muthambi to be probed for allegedly hiring friends and family

File: The Public Service Commission agreed to investigate PSA minister Faith Muthambi following a complaint by the DA. Photo: Flickr / GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Service Commission (PSC) has agreed to probe a complaint by the DA into possible abuse of office by the Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi., who is accused of hiring "family and friends".

Muthambi has denied the allegation that she had appointed 27 people to her private office, more than what she is entitled to according to the ministerial handbook.

The rules cap the number of staff in the minister’s private office at 10.

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The DA's shadow minister of public service and administration, Desiree van der Walt, welcomed the decision by the PSC.

"On 2 February 2018, we wrote to the PSC asking that an investigation be conducted to test allegations that Minister Muthambi had expanded her private office to 40 people, some of whom include family and friends."

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It a recent letter to the DA signed by Chairman RK Sizani the PSC said it "has assigned commissioner B Luthuli, the cluster commissioner for the Department of Public Service and Administration, to lead an investigation team to conduct an investigation into the regularity in the filling of posts within the ministry".

"The DA looks forward to a timely conclusion of this investigation and appropriate sanction that would reign in Minister Muthambi’s abuse of office to please the politically connected few," said Van Der Walt. 

 

African News Agency

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