My family and I are distressed: Muthambi

DEFIANT: Minister Faith Muthambi addressing Parliament’s Ad Hoc committee on the SABC yesterday. She described her relationship with former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng as ‘professional’. Picture: ANN7

Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi says allegations that she flew her family members to Cape Town at the expense of tax payer’s money have caused distress to her and family.

Muthambi was responding to questions in Parliament on Wednesday at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

“The allegations that I have flown my family to attend a parliamentary seating has caused distress to me and my family. There is this hype as if I’ve done something illegal or irregular,” Muthambi said.

She said this after reports that she had spent more than R300, 000 flying 30 family members and friends to Cape Town.

The portfolio committee chairperson at the time Makhosi Khoza said the committee was expecting supporting documents verifying the set allegations.

Khoza said the minister needed to explain herself on why she had spent so much money especially at the time government had introduced austerity measures.

“We consider what she spent money on as frills because there’s no reason why you should be sending more than 30 members of your family to a budget speech,” Khoza added.

On the other hand, the minister told National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that her department was hard at working fighting corruption.

Muthambi said this while she was dealing with the details of why three director-general’s were facing disciplinary action.

She told the NCOP that she resurrected the National Corruption Forum which has been dormant since 2011.

The public service has suspended three DG’s of which one of them Mduduzi Shabane from Rural Development and Land Reform is challenging his dismissal on financial misconduct charges in the Labour Court.

-TNA Reporter