An effort to have Public Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi, removed was thwarted on Thursday, when President Jacob Zuma answered that he has no plans to fire the Minister.
Andries Tlouamma, an AGANG Member of Parliament (MP), had asked Zuma during yesterday’s Question and Answer Session in Parliament when he intends to show the controversial MP the exit door. But the reply he got was “I’m not firing Muthambi. I have not taken that decision”.
Muthambi, a former communications minister, has been in the eye of the storm and has caused a public outrage after it recently emerged that she may have misled an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
According to reports, the minister allegedly put pressure on the then board members to appoint her friend – the ever controversial Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC Chief Operating Officer.
An internal legal report that’s before Parliament recommended she be investigated for the deceit. Willfully misleading Parliament is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or two years in jail or both.
Also, Muthambi is under fire for wasting nearly R500,000 in public funds on flying 30 friends and family to Cape Town for her budget vote speech in May.
The minister was implicated in the leaked Gupta emails, which showed that she send confidential Cabinet memos to the controversial family and their associates while she was communications minister.
The three confidential Cabinet memoranda were shared through emails with Tony Gupta, Duduzane Zuma, and Sahara’s CEO Ashu Chawla.