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KZN ANC explains decision to charge Makhosi Khoza

The organisation says over the past few months it’s been watching Khoza using platforms other than party structures to air her views.

FILE: A screengrab of MP Makhosi Khoza in Parliament during the SABC inquiry.

DURBAN – The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says their decision to charge Makhosi Khoza has been driven by her violation of the oath she took when she became a member of the party.

On Wednesday, the province shared how it plans to take action against the Member of Parliament after initially deploying her to Parliament.

The organisation says that over the past few months it’s been watching Khoza using platforms other than party structures to air her views.

She has been outspoken about calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down and how she will be voting during the motion of no confidence next month.

The party has also accused Khoza of colluding with enemies of the ANC, including civil society group Save South Africa.

Provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says that Khoza is no longer the same comrade they sent to Parliament.

“To connive with Save South Africa, people who are at work to remove the ANC government and its president betrays that oath she has taken upon becoming a member of the African National Congress.”

Khoza joined a panel discussion organised by civil society groups where she discussed the death threats she's been receiving and once again called on Zuma to step down.

Ntuli said: “We believe that as the provincial executive committee, we have an obligation because she comes from our province.

“She is in Parliament on the basis of the determination that was made by the ANC membership in KZN, of which we have an obligation to represent and act in their best interest.”

LAST STRAW

The province says it’s been monitoring Khoza over the last few months and Tuesday's public comments were the last straw.

“What she did yesterday, in our own view, was the last straw. She has crossed the line.”

Ntuli says Khoza behaves as though she is more important than the party

“There must be consequences for wrongdoing and nobody must be allowed to live like a loose cannon and do as they please.”

He says that Khoza was deployed to the parliament by KwaZulu-Natal and the executive believes it’s their duty to call her to order.

The provincial ANC saysthat Khoza has a responsibility to act in a manner that best represents the organisation, which she has failed to do by colluding with those working against the party.

MANTASHE WON’T COMMENT

The ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe won't be drawn on the decision by the party in KwaZulu-Natal to charge Khoza for what it calls “ill-discipline”.

Khoza has been vocal in her call for Members of Parliament to vote according to conscience in the upcoming motion of no confidence in Zuma.

Eyewitness News asked Mantashe for his reaction three times on Wednesday afternoon.

Mantashe was asked if he had any comment regarding the death threats against Khoza and what the KZN ANC was saying.

He said: “I don’t want to talk about that.”

'ANC NPC PROVIDED PLATFORM FOR KHOZA'

The provincial ANC says that Khoza should have used the national policy conference to air her grievances but she chose to vanish and use other platforms outside party structures.

The party says this is among the reasons it has decided to charge her.

“She was nowhere to be found, she vanished,” Ntuli said.

Ntuli says the ANC MP decided not to use the recent national policy conference to air her views.

“At the national policy conference of the ANC, Comrade Khoza was meant to be there to participate and ventilate her own views and subject those views to the collective of the ANC membership and delegated who attended the conference.”

Ntuli says the party has on several occasions issued a directive on how members should behave but Khoza has chosen to defy this.

The KZN executive committee says Khoza was sent to Parliament by the province and it’s now their duty to hold her to account for breaking her oath when joining the National Assembly.

‘KHOZA PORTRAYED AS A SELL-OUT OF THE MOVEMENT’

Political analysts say the kind of language used by the ANC’s KZN leadership in reaction to Khoza’s criticism of President Zuma has the potential to incite violence.

This follows the provincial leadership labelling Khoza as a loose cannon who needs to face consequences for what it calls her “wrongdoing”.

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says while the language used to describe Khoza does not make a direct call for violence, it does portray her as a sell-out of the movement.

“The worst that could happen to Khoza is someone then acts on behalf of the organisation. The problem with violence, targeted at people, is that people tend to think it’s always coordinated from some centre and some people want to act for the organisation.”

Independent violence monitor Mary de Haas agrees.

“It could just be fuel to the flame. People follow what politicians in powerful positions tell them.”

The comments by the KwaZulu-Natal ANC come amid the Moerane Commission’s investigation of the causes behind political killings in the province.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza and Zamangwane Shange)

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