Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi is running a bloated private office in which she has employed 40 people allegedly in breach of government policy on the number of staff ministers are allowed to hire. Well-placed sources in the Department of Public Service and Administration told Business Day that Muthambi had quietly expanded her office during the Christmas recess, employing among others a "protocol officer", even though such a position did not exist in terms of the ministerial handbook. It was also not part of her department’s organogram. The minister is no stranger to controversy. In 2017 she had to defend herself after the Sunday Times revealed that she had flown 30 of her friends and relatives to Cape Town at a cost of R300,000 to attend her budget speech. She has also told Parliament, according to reports, that she saw nothing wrong with hiring family members to work for her. The ministerial handbook limits the number of staff ministers are allowed to h...

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