Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was conspicuously absent from a meeting of Parliament’s communications portfolio committee on Tuesday amid calls for her to resign. Muthambi was due to lead an SABC delegation to Parliament’s oversight committee on communications to discuss the public broadcaster’s 2015-16 annual report. But MPs heard that the embattled minister could not be present as she had a scheduled engagement with President Jacob Zuma. It remains unclear what the engagement was about, but speculation was that it could have something to do with the damning report by the ad hoc committee that probed the crisis at the public broadcaster. The report blamed Muthambi for some of the SABC’s governance and suggested that Zuma "reconsider" the "desirability" of her being in the Cabinet. Muthambi’s deputy, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, attended Tuesday’s meeting, but was mainly silent as proceedings got underway with MPs not asking her to account. The ad hoc committee’s report, which w...

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