Makhosi Khoza has ignored our phone calls - ANC

2017-07-26 13:56
Dr Makhosi Khoza (Lindile Mbontsi, Gallo Images, Daily Sun)

Dr Makhosi Khoza (Lindile Mbontsi, Gallo Images, Daily Sun)

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Johannesburg – The African National Congress has defended KwaZulu-Natal ANC’s decision to charge party MP Makhosi Khoza with ill discipline.

HuffPost reported on Wednesday that Khoza had been formally charged with two counts of ill discipline and was due to appear before a disciplinary committee in September.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters, said that Khoza’s conduct was a "flagrant defiance of the party".

Khoza has written to Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete, urging her to use the secret ballot on August 8, when the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be debated. The ANC in Parliament has said it would abide by whatever decision Mbete makes.

Khoza has also joined the growing calls for Zuma to step down.

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Kodwa said Khoza was not being charged because she had called for Zuma to go, but for her conduct that "flies against ANC rules and disciplinary code".

"She is in violation of her oath of membership and violation of party discipline, because what is the point of joining the ANC if you can’t abide by its own rules," Kodwa said.

In an interview with News24, Kodwa revealed that the party had tried on numerous occasions to reach Khoza, but that she had ignored their calls.

He said he had tried personally and that there were also attempts by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu and the KwaZulu-Natal ANC.

"We tried to reach her, but were unsuccessful. We even asked Jackson (Mthembu), because of his proximity in Parliament, to please help us. Even there, Jackson has complained that she is not willing to see him and it is difficult to see her... including the Speaker of Parliament, battling to get her confirmation about whether she accepts security arranged after her threats. Parliament is also struggling to get hold of her," Kodwa said.

"The leadership of the ANC is struggling to reach her, but yet we see her everywhere. Our view is that it is that conduct that worries us as the ANC."

Motion of no confidence

Kodwa dismissed criticism that the ANC was applying double standards, because it has not charged other senior members – including Derek Hanekom, Pravin Gordhan and Mthembu – who have also called for Zuma to step down.

Kodwa said they had been summoned to Luthuli House to account to the party’s top six, and warned to stop.

"We spoke to them and said, 'Do not do it again'. Disciplinary action must be the last resort to deal with a comrade, because comrades might not be aware they are in violation, so we call them and say it is not right," Kodwa said.

He said Khoza’s call for Zuma to step down was not a "new issue", as it had been "ventilated" in the party's national executive committee. Zuma survived two motions of no confidence inside the ANC.

The ANC maintains that it is not worried that there is a chance that the 8th motion of no confidence on August 8 will succeed.

Zuma would be addressing the August 9 Women’s Day rally as president of the country, Kodwa said. The party has repeatedly warned its members against defying party line to defeat the motion.

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