Two ANC resignations in one week just coincidence - Khoza

2016-03-08 12:35
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Johannesburg - ANC national communications manager Keith Khoza, who resigned last week, says he is not lost to the organisation but will help strengthen local government.

"When you work for the ANC, you form part of the ANC nationally that services either the organisation or the responsibilities that the organisation is shouldering at that particular point in time," he told News24 on Tuesday.

The ANC used its members where the party thought they could help meet its responsibilities.

Khoza would take up a post in the Gauteng local government department, led by ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile.

Last month, Premier David Makhura announced Mashatile would return to the provincial Cabinet.

'No connection'

Khoza said when Mashatile returned to the provincial government he was tasked with assembling a team to work with him.

Mashatile spoke to the ANC leadership and it was agreed that Khoza would be released from his work at Luthuli House.

Khoza said he did not leave the party's headquarters because of any ill-feelings.

A few days before the ANC announced Khoza's resignation, its parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani resigned to become South Africa’s ambassador to Germany.

Sizani and the ANC dismissed rumours that he was leaving because he had been critical of how the Nkandla matter was handled. Last week, he said the ANC parliamentary caucus had always wanted President Jacob Zuma to repay some of the money spent on his private homestead. The ANC in Parliament distanced itself from his remarks.

Khoza said it was mere coincidence that he and Sizani left at the same time.

"There was no connection."

Khoza had been part of the communications team at ANC headquarters since 2009. Before that he worked under Mashatile in the Gauteng finance department, was head of communications in the provincial housing department, and an adviser to former North West Premier Popo Molefe.

He had been CEO of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency and head of the Gauteng Liquor Board.

Strengthening local government

 "I've come back," Khoza said about his new position.

"I have an idea of how it operates, what are the issues or what were the issues then. It's about continuing where we left off in terms of the broad responsibilities of the department.

"Remember, one of the key challenges the ANC is facing is to strengthen local government and Paul is responsible for local government. So we have to assist in terms of setting up systems, and make local government more visible," he said.

Khoza would still be handling communications for the department and help out as an ANC volunteer.

"I'm not lost to the ANC communications. I still will form part of their meetings."

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