Faith Muthambi could face criminal charges over SABC probe

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi could face criminal charges over the recent parliamentary probe into the SABC, according to the Sunday Times.

The report stated that Muthambi has been identified as one of the witnesses who misled the probe.

The SABC’s Ben Ngubane and Mbulaheni Maguvhe have also been identified as witnesses who may have deliberately misled the parliamentary probe.

“Other people who are said to have misled parliament include former SABC senior executives, chief financial officer James Aguma and company secretary Theresa Geldenhuys,” stated the report.

Muthambi’s potential punishment for contempt and abuse of parliamentary privilege is a fine or a prison term not exceeding 12 months.

Muthambi was previously Minister of Communications, and has been accused of protecting former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng – who was dismissed by the broadcaster.

The report stated that her testimony regarding the appointment of Motsoeneng did “not align with the content of minutes of the board meeting”.

Muthambi did not respond to requests for comment, according to the report.

The allegations against Muthambi follow news that she has employed multiple friends and family members in her current office, and spent R300,000 for family members to fly to Cape Town to watch her first budget speech as Public Service and Administration Minister.

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Faith Muthambi could face criminal charges over SABC probe