Cosatu, SACP condemn ANC's decision on Makhosi Khoza

While the SACP’s Mhlekwa Nxumalo says Makhosi Khoza is an example of the good people in the ANC.

FILE: ANC MP Makhosi Khoza. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG – Both the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) have condemned the African National Congress (ANC)’s decision to remove Makhosi Khoza as chair of Parliament’s Public Service Portfolio Committee, saying it’s President Jacob Zuma who should be dealt with instead.

On Thursday, the office of the ANC’s Chief Whip in Parliament said it had been directed to remove Khoza from her position after ANC MPs who belonged to her committee had refused to work under her.

Khoza has publicly criticized Zuma and said she would vote against him in last week’s confidence motion.

Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla says Khoza is not the problem in the ANC.

“We think that people like Makhosi Khoza are actually the heroes of the ANC because they are defending the principles of the organization from those who want to destroy the organisation and take it down with them.”

While the SACP’s Mhlekwa Nxumalo says Khoza is an example of the good people in the ANC.

“When it’s needed, they are able to speak their minds. They may have their weaknesses there and there but those are weaknesses that I think the movement is capable of correcting. But I think she’s one of the best cadres that the movement has been able to produce.”

Both organisations have said they want Zuma to resign but the SACP refused to order its members in Parliament to vote against him last week.

'TRUTH HAS BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ANC'

Khoza says when she took the oath of office she pledged her loyalty to the Constitution and the people of South Africa and not the ANC.

She was speaking at the Ruth First Memorial Lecture roundtable at Wits University after being removed as the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration.

The panel discussion at the memorial roundtable included activist and academic Raymond Suttner, Democratic Alliance politician Mbali Ntuli and Thandeka Gqubule, one of the so called "SABC 8".

Sitting on the panel, Khoza said that truth was being persecuted in the same way it was during apartheid.

“We no longer need you if the ANC is going to do what the apartheid government was doing.”

Khoza says the truth has become uncomfortable for the ANC.

“We speak truth to power, provided that we embrace each other.”

She says South Africa is entering a new phase of the struggle.

Additional reporting by Katleho Sekhoto.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)