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Muthambi to face Parly grilling over expenditure

Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi will face Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday over reports that she spent nearly R500,000 of public funds on flying friends and family to Cape Town.
Muthambi reportedly flew 30 people to the Mother City for her budget vote speech in May.
She is also accused of nepotism after allegedly appointing relatives to her support staff.
The portfolio committee responsible for Muthambi’s department wants to know why she splashed out when government departments are expected to cut costs.
Committee chairperson, Makhosi Khoza, had previously warned that Muthambi would be officially summoned  if she did not comply with a request to appear in Parliament.
She might also have to explain herself to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.
The Democratic Alliance’s Mike Waters is taking her to task over claims that she flouted procedure when she appointed new staff members.
“Well according to media reports, the minister appointed 27 people in her ministry but according to the Ministerial handbook, she’s entitled to employ 10 people, not 27.”
Muthambi’s relatives are reportedly among the new appointments.

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