- ANC MP Lerumo Kalako and DA MP Phumzile van Damme are in agreement that the former communications minister should go to prison
- Both MPs want Faith Muthambi to face the full might of the law for lying to Parliament’s ad hoc committee
- Van Damme also wants a full investigation into Muthambi’s links to MultiChoice, ANN7 and allegations that she leaked cabinet information to the Guptas
It’s not often that the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) find something to agree on, but ANC MP Lerumo Kalako and DA MP Phumzile van Damme agree that the former communications minister Faith Muthambi should go to prison.
Both might agree that Muthambi should be jailed, but that’s as far as their agreement stretches. The pair has differing views on whether Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications should probe Muthambi’s disastrous tenure as communication minister.
The committee received instructions from the Deputy Speaker to investigate allegations made against Muthambi in a report by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA). The report claims Muthambi had sent confidential cabinet information to the Guptas.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the committee met on Tuesday to discuss a way forward. Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said there were other matters which came to light during the ad hoc committee’s investigation of the SABC’s board which also needed to be dealt with.
Van Damme said the entire matter went beyond Muthambi leaking confidential information and needed to look deeper into Muthambi’s links to MultiChoice, ANN7 and the findings that Muthambi had lied to the committee.
"The public expects of us to conduct an inquiry into a matter that was put before us," she said.
Kalako disagreed and said those matters would be dealt with by the ad hoc committee and more pertinently the inquiry into state capture.
Kalako said: "Muthambi has lied to the ad hoc committee, she must go to jail, it is a simple thing.” He pointed out that OUTA had clear evidence of wrongdoing.
Maxegwana said: "There is a lot of evidence." He noted that the OUTA report was clear and added that the implementation of the ad hoc committee’s findings ultimately lay with the Speaker’s office.
Van Damme said both she and Kalako agreed on one thing and that was that Muthambi had to go to jail. She said as a committee they had failed to impress on the Speaker to take appropriate action against Muthambi.
Kalako agreed that Muthambi could not be allowed to represent the people of South Africa.
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