'I will find you and kill you': Makhosi Khoza posts screengrabs of death threats

2017-07-15 13:05
Dr  Makhosi Khoza (Jan Gerber, Netwerk24)

Dr Makhosi Khoza (Jan Gerber, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - ANC MP Makhosi Khoza revealed on Friday some of the threats she has received, by posting to Facebook screengrabs of text messages sent to her cellphone calling for her death. 

"This is what I go through everyday. Now I am told I have 21 days to live. I have reported to the police, but nothing has happened!” she wrote in an accompanying post.

Khoza, the the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, has been an outspoken critic of what she has called the "politics of patronage" within the ANC.

She is on the record as writing to Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to request that the upcoming motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma be done via a secret ballot for safety reasons.

The vote will take place on August 8, and the ANC in Parliament has called on its MPs to vote against the motion.

The texts she posted to her Facebook page on Friday are all from the same number.

One text, sent on Wednesday, states: "I will find you and kill you." Another text from the same number on Thursday states: "You have 21 days before you die."

Khoza responded to the anonymous sender, asking who was sending the texts and why they wanted her dead. The responding text read: "Vote against the motion and withdraw your statements and comments about the secret ballot. Do what is best for yourself and family."

Khoza replied to the threat: "Rubbish. Go ahead."

When News24 called the number on Saturday morning, it rang and then went to voicemail.

'Lack of action'

Khoza’s post on Facebook was shared over 1 500 times, and received over 450 comments. Most of the comments were supportive of her stance.

The ANC MP has also received support from a group of ANC stalwarts and veterans. In a media statement earlier this month, the group said it fully supported her.

"We recognize her as a loyal member of the ANC and applaud her courage as she continues to speak truth to power and to fight for economic justice for all South Africans," their statement read.

"We are shocked at the harassment and death threats that she has received, and shocked at the lack of action by those in Parliament, the police and the ANC, who could act to protect her, but fail to do so."

ANC chief whip in Parliament Jackson Mthembu last week also denounced threats against Khoza. In a statement he said that while the ANC was "aggrieved by her conduct" in openly criticising leaders and not toeing the party line, threats against her were to be condemned outright.

"Nobody in our organisation or in the country has the right to vilify or threaten her and her family. She, like any South African enjoys the right to safety as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa," he said.  

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