Makhosi Khoza: Why am I being singled out?

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza says she is being persecuted for no longer tolerating corruption looting and a growing kleptocracy.

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

DURBAN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Makhosi Khoza says the KwaZulu-Natal leadership will have to explain why she is being singled out for disciplinary action despite her peers also raising concerns about President Jacob Zuma.

Khoza has taken to her Facebook page to react to charges laid against her by the party in KwaZulu-Natal, saying she is being persecuted for no longer tolerating corruption looting and a growing kleptocracy.

The ANC MP will be appearing before a disciplinary committee on 10 September.

Khoza says the current ANC no longer puts the people first nor do its members live the values of the organisation.

She says the party has chosen to selectively apply sections of the organisations constitution to quell any voices of discontent.

In the charge sheet sent to Khoza, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC has used her comments on Facebook as evidence to prove that she has directly attacked the organisation and undermined the principle of democratic centrism.

A post made by the MP on 21 July where she speaks about the legitimacy of the current provincial leadership, is described as being defiant of the political authority.

Khoza wrote: "The ANC will need to explain why I am being singled out. As a life-long and loyal member of the ANC, I respect the processes of the organisation and I will attend the disciplinary hearing, as is required.

"I’m being persecuted because I can no longer tow the party line. I cannot accept corruption, looting, a disregard for the people who brought us to power and the propping up of growing Kleptocracy."

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I’M BEING TARGETED

The ANC MP says that she has reservations about the fairness of the disciplinary process because many senior party members have called for her dismissal.

She says that the organisation she joined when she was 12-years-old put the people first, but it’s clear the incumbent cannot tolerate dissenting voices.

Khoza, who has been receiving death threats for her comments, has also confirmed she’s declined security from the SA Police Service, saying she cannot expect her “executioner” to plead mercy for her.

"It is within this context that I have chosen not to accept the police protection that was finally offered to me by Parliament and the SAPS. These issues are all interrelated. I cannot expect my “executioner” to plead mercy for me."

Earlier, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says the disciplinary committee conducting hearings into the charges against Khoza will be independent.

Khoza will have to answer to allegations of breaching the party’s constitution and bringing the organisation into disrepute.

The ANC MP has been slapped with the charges after her ongoing calls on President Jacob Zuma to step down.

She’s also publicly stated that she’ll be voting with opposition parties in the upcoming motion of no confidence in Zuma.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)