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Makhosi Khoza a no-show for disciplinary hearing amid fears for her safety

She has been charged with ill-discipline and bringing the party into disrepute after she publicly supported the secret ballot.

FILE: A screengrab of MP Makhosi Khoza in Parliament.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says outspoken Member Of Parliament Makhosi Khoza did not show up for her disciplinary hearing in Durban, which it claims was scheduled to start at 9 am on Sunday morning.

The party says Khoza's lawyer has now asked for the hearing to be postponed by a week because his client fears for her safety.

She has been charged with ill-discipline and bringing the party into disrepute after she publicly supported the secret ballot used during the recent failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

ANC KZN spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “The report from her representative is that she is away, she’s not in KwaZulu-Natal but of course the ANC is disappointed that even after almost two months, having been informed about the hearing and the date at which it will be taking place, she still came through her representative.”

REDEPLOYMENT

Earlier this week, Khoza was redeployed in Parliament after her party axed her as chairperson of the Public Service and Administration Committee.

Her move to the Economic Development Oversight Committee was announced in parliamentary papers on Tuesday.

Khoza claimed that her removal as chairperson was retribution for publicly supporting the secret ballot.

Khoza’s abrupt removal as chairperson of the committee responsible for holding Minister Faith Muthambi and her department to account followed three crucial developments in Parliament.

First, the Democratic Alliance-led motion of no confidence in the president was defeated after which five ANC members of Khoza’s committee refused to work with her and boycotted a meeting.

In their absence, Khoza and the remaining MPs agreed to summons Muthambi to appear before the committee to answer to claims that she wasted public funds on friends and family. It’s unclear whether the summons will be issued.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s office said Khoza was removed because of an irreconcilable breakdown in relations between her and committee members.

Additional reporting by Rahima Essop.

(Edited by Winnie Thelestane)

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