South Africa’s anti-corruption, maladministration and tax abuse agency – the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) – has laid charges of corruption and high treason against the Minister for the Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi
This development was announced on Monday by OUTA. The charges, as announced, was laid against the minister for disclosing confidential information about the state to the controversial Indian-South African family, the Guptas.
OUTA’s Portfolio Director for Special Projects, Dominique Msibi, said charges against the former communication minister were tabled at the Brixton police station in Johannesburg.
Msibi alleged that Muthambi “knowingly and deliberately shared three confidential Cabinet memoranda, through emails with Tony Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and Sahara’s CEO Ashu Chawla. These people should never have been privy to any ministerial communication and policy discussions.”
OUTA’s decision to act against the minister was triggered by the evidence from the leaked Gupta emails. From the emails, the organisation discovered that shortly after President Zuma appointed Muthambi Communications minister – precisely in July and August 2014, she forwarded confidential information about executive policy and the scope of her ministerial powers Tony Gupta.
Muthambi’s first email to Tony (which was subsequently sent to Zuma’s son Dududzane) contained Zuma’s Proclamation 47 of 2014.
The proclamation detailed the provision for the powers under the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) and Sentech Act to be moved from the communications minister to the telecommunications and postal services portfolio.
In another email sent to Sahara CEO Ashu Chawla, Muthambi wrote ‘See attached Proclamation that President must sign’ on a draft proclamation in the name of President Zuma.
Some civil organisations in the country recently laid charges against President Jacob Zuma, former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba for allegedly being implicated in the state capture, as revealed in the Gupta email leaks.
Faith Muthambi has been accused of playing big roles in the degradation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
The Western Cape High Court, in 2015, found that Muthambi’s appointment of former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was irrationally and unlawfully because Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had earlier found Hlaudi guilty of abuses of power, fraud and maladministration.