Parly deliberating over action on Muthambi after snubbing meeting

A “political solution” has been proposed to resolve the conflict between Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi and Members of Parliament (MPs) over her no-show in Parliament this week.

The minister failed to appear before MPs sitting on the Public Service and Administration Committee to explain alleged irregular expenditure and allegations of nepotism.

She reportedly flew 30 family and friends to Cape Town for her budget vote speech in May, reports EWN's Rahima Essop.

It's alleged that she spent nearly R500 000 of public funds on the trip.

She is also accused of nepotism after allegedly appointing relatives to her support staff.

She did not appear and did not give MPs in the committee any explanation for her decision to snub the meeting.

Rahima Essop, EWN Reporter

MPs were furious and resolved to issue a summons to force her to appear in Parliament. They also said they will follow procedure to try recoup some of the money that Parliament spent to organise the meeting.

Rahima Essop, EWN Reporter

Initially, Muthambi was expected to face consequences after failing to show up to the meeting, Essop explains.

The portfolio committee proposed that Muthambi would pay for the logistical costs of arranging the meeting she failed to attend.

MPs had also agreed to issue a summons for her to answer questions in the national legislature.

However, the National Assembly House Chairperson Cedric Frolick has proposed a 'political solution'.

Frolick says parliamentarians can avoid the lengthy legal process of issuing a summons if they find a political answer to the problem.

It's also alleged that five other ANC MPs boycotted the very same meeting because they do not want to be led by former portfolio committee chair Makhosi Khoza.

Read: ANC boots Makhosi Khoza as chair of Parly committee

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