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Makhosi Khoza launches political party

Khoza resigned from the ANC and Parliament earlier this year after being targeted for speaking out against corruption within the governing party.

Makhosi Khoza launches her new party African Democratic Change in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Outspoken former African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza has officially launched her new political party called the African Democratic Change.

Khoza resigned from the ANC and Parliament earlier this year after being targeted for speaking out against corruption within the governing party.

The new party is born out of a merger with civil society organisations and members from other political parties.

Khoza has described her new party as a new force of change that will work to solve problems faced by South Africans, especially the poor.

“The biggest risk you will have is to ignore those black people. Or rather the plight of those who are poor.”

Khoza says the party will be built on ethical and moral leadership.

“You cannot build a new organisation if you are standing on an amoral or immoral platform.”

She says the newly formed African Democratic Party doesn’t belong to her and should be seen as a new political home for the people of South Africa.

WATCH: Makhosi Khoza launches new political party

The newly formed organisation is holding a founders conference aimed at adopting the party's identity and guiding principles.

The party will spend the weekend mapping out its plan on how it will tackle the upcoming 2019 general elections.

Khoza has told members only principled leadership can sustain a political party.

“But the problem is that leaders are not principled. When they have to take a courageous stand on a fundamental issue, they dilly dally.”

Khoza has also warned her fellow comrades against accepting funding at the expense of betraying the integrity of the party.

“You cannot allow yourself to be ‘Guptarised’ simply because you want to survive.”

This weekend's gathering is also aimed at outlining the process leading to the party's first policy conference next year.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)