Makhosi Khoza: Truth has become uncomfortable for ANC

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

ANC MP Makhosi Khoza speaks at the Ruth First Roundtable discussion at Wits University on 17 August 2017. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Makhosi 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.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said that Khoza was sacked after she insulted fellow MPs on the Public Service Committee following their boycott of a meeting earlier this week.

Khoza says she’s not surprised by the ANC’s decision to remove her as a committee chairperson because the party is targeting members it believes supported last week’s motion to unseat the president.

“I’m being persecuted for that, as well as for my consistent stance on corruption but I have no control over the decision taken by the ANC.”

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu’s office says the internal conflict that led to Khoza’s axing was directly related to her “public attacks on the ANC leadership”.

A reshuffling of ANC members of the portfolio committee is also on the cards.

The group refused to be led by Khoza after her public opposition of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership.

Additional reporting by Rahima Essop.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)