In a press release on Tuesday, the DA said that former public service and administration minister Faith Muthambi had been found “to have failed to adhere to regulatory prescripts” by the Public Service Commission (PSC) for possible abuse of office when she expanded her private office to 40 people, some of whom included family and friends.
The findings followed a request by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 2 February 2018 to the PSC for an investigation into the hiring practices and composition of the former minister’s private office.
The DA’s Desiree Van Der Walt said: “While we welcome these findings, we will be writing to the current minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, to request that the PSC report into these findings is made public. It is rather peculiar that the contents of the report were shared only with the president and the minister of public service and administration and not with the DA – who requested the investigation. The DA has been provided only with a letter (you can see it here), which presents the findings in vague terms.
“The DA will not stand for this report to gather dust on President Cyril Ramaphosa or Minister Dlodlo’s desks. The fact that Faith Muthambi is no longer a minister does not absolve her from accountability. In fact, she still remains an ANC member of parliament and must be held to account.”
They said the fact that Muthambi, despite all the corruption allegations levelled against her, was still an ANC MP spoke to “the calibre of leaders in the ANC ranks”.
(Compiled by Charles Cilliers)