Minister will be subpoenaed after boycotting Parliament


Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, appeared to dodge several pertinent questions in Parliament on Wednesday. She was appearing before the ad-hoc committee investigating the SABC board.

CAPE TOWN - Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi will be subpoenaed to appear before Parliament to respond to claims of nepotism and misuse of public funds.

Muthambi and five ANC MPs boycotted a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by Makhosi Khoza who’s spoken out against President Zuma's leadership.

WATCH: Muthambi a no-show in Parliament

The other MPs who boycotted the meeting will be referred to the ANC caucus disciplinary committee.

Chief whip Jackson Mthembu said their conduct amounted to ill-discipline and they do not have the authority to disrupt Parliament's work.

The Public Service and Administration parliamentary portfolio committee was due to grill Muthambi on Tuesday on claims she spent R300,000 flying 30 relatives and friends to Cape Town to attend her budget vote address.

This occurred during her tenure as communications minister.

She is also accused of employing friends and family members.

Khoza believes the boycott is a response to her criticism of the president.

“[I am] judging from what some of the messages that I was receiving, and in my WhatsApp, which is saying clearly from some of these members that they are not prepared to be led by someone who follows her moral conscience and not the ANC position," said Khoza.


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