Khoza: My removal part of purge of rebel ANC MPs

On Thursday afternoon, she was removed with immediate effect as the head of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration.

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

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Makhosi Khoza says that her removal as a Parliamentary Committee chairperson is part of a purge of party members believed to have supported a motion of no confidence in the president.

On Thursday afternoon, she was removed with immediate effect as the head of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration.

Khoza was vocal about her support for a secret ballot during last week’s vote.

Although some ANC members voted with the opposition, the motion was narrowly defeated by the ruling party.

It's unclear exactly which MPs supported the motion because voting was in secret. However, some parliamentarians have been more vocal than others about wanting a change in leadership.

Khoza believes it’s the reason she is being punished.

“Obviously now it’s time to purge those that are believed to have voted in favour of the vote of no confidence.”

The party has already initiated disciplinary steps against her for ill-discipline.

OPPOSITION DECRY ANC’S MOVE

Some opposition parliamentarians have rallied behind Khoza after she was removed as chairperson of the Public Service and Administration Portfolio Committee.

Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen has described Makhosi Khoza as a forthright and honest MP.

“The decision to remove her is inexplicable, given the fact that the ANC has retained serial delinquents like Minister Bathabile Dlamini.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says her removal is an attempt to weaken Parliament's oversight function.

“This decision must be understood as the ANC doing everything in its power to remove peace from Parliament.”

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Narend Singh says: “I have known the honourable Khoza for a number of years and she’s been very competent in whatever responsibilities she's been assigned.”

Khoza says she's being punished for taking a stance against corruption.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)