ANC removes Makhosi Khoza as chair of Parly committee

On Wednesday, the ANC MPs on that committee refused to attend a meeting of the committee that was due to hear testimony from Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi.

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

CAPE TOWN - Outspoken African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza has been removed from her position as chairperson of the committee she leads in Parliament.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s office says she was relieved of her duties because of an irretrievable breakdown in relations between Khoza and her ANC colleagues.

The backlash follows Khoza’s support for a secret vote in last week’s motion of no confidence in the president.

Although the motion was defeated in the National Assembly, it received support from some in the ruling party.

Mthembu’s office released a statement this afternoon explaining that the internal conflict that led to Khoza’s axing was directly related to her "public attacks on the ANC leadership."

Mthembu's spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli says: "The office of the ANC chief whip has received a directive from the organization to relieve comrade Dr Makhosi Khoza from her position of chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on public service and administration owing to the irretrievable breakdown of communication between herself and members of the committee."

The chief whip’s office says that Khoza has alienated some ANC MPs, including those in the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, which she has chaired until now.

Five ANC MPs boycotted a meeting where minister Faith Muthambi was due to appear on Tuesday because they were refusing to be led by Khoza after her public opposition to President Jacob Zuma's leadership, a move that has landed them in hot water with the chief whip.

A reshuffling of the ANC members on that committee is on the cards.