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'Reckless' Mbalula contributing to endangering my life - Khoza

Khoza on Facebook confirmed she will continue making use of private security after receiving death threats over the past few months.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

DURBAN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Makhosi Khoza says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s recklessness has contributed to further endangering her life and is one of the reasons she declined the state's offer of security.

Khoza on Facebook confirmed she will continue making use of private security after receiving death threats over the past few months.

The ANC MP is a dissenting voice in her party and has been publically vocal about calling on President Jacob Zuma step down.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial branch has now officially charged Khoza for what it has described as ill-discipline.

Khoza says she was denied protection despite pleading with Parliament when she started getting death threats around two months ago.

The ANC MP says she sourced her own private security and the police services are only trying to act now because her matter was thrust into the public domain.

Added to this, Khoza says she cannot accept protection from people who have been reckless and also contributing towards putting her in danger.

This includes Mbalula and his deputy, whom she says have also levelled a degree of false and defamatory comments against her.

At the same time, 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 Zuma.

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 organisation's 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.

'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.

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)