ANCYL ‘outraged’ at Khoza’s call for Shelembe’s suspension

2011-06-21 00:00

THE ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has accused Dr Makhosi Khoza, chairperson of the standing committee on public accounts in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature and senior ANC leader in the province, of “positioning herself as the messiah within the ANC”.

This follows Khoza’s call for the removal of Alpha Shelembe as Msunduzi Deputy Mayor following the disclosure that he is implicated as an accomplice in the burning down of the ANC’s Moses Mabhida regional offices in Pietermaritzburg two weekends ago.

Khoza called for Shelembe to be suspended until he is cleared by a court of law.

KZN ANC Youth League deputy provincial secretary Sboniso Duma hinted in a statement that Khoza is disappointed that she was not deployed as the mayor in the eThekwini Municipality.

He implied that this explains her outburst in a weekend media statement on the Msunduzi saga.

“The ANCYL is outraged by the public outburst of PEC [provincial executive committee] member and MPL Dr Makhosi Khoza.

“In a move contrary to all the traditions of the ANC Dr Khoza issued a personal statement on her views about the ongoing developments in the Msunduzi Municipality.

“While the ANCYL accepts and respects her right as a citizen to pronounce her views, we are rather perplexed at the motive behind Dr Khoza’s pronouncements on the matter when the PEC of the ANC, of which she is a member and spokesperson, is working around the clock to ensure its speedy resolution.”

Duma said Khoza had failed to raise her opinions within the PEC “where every leader is free to voice his or her views on any matter that may take our province forward”.

“As the ANCYL we are concerned about this behavior, which is foreign to the principles of the ANC.

“The tendency that Dr Khoza is introducing to the ANC smacks of an individual desperate to hog headlines and to position herself as a paragon of moral excellence better than all the PEC leaders within the ANC.”

Duma said the ANCYL remains confident that the ANC will overcome its challenges in the capital and concerns from aggrieved ANC members in the Moses Mabhida region.

“We also call for comrades to ensure that in their quest for individual glory and to be headline grabbers they must be extra cautious of not besmirching the integrity and image of the ANC.”

The ANC’s provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said the PEC respects that Khoza issued the statement in her individual capacity and said that after the PEC’s June 15 meeting a task team was set up to deal with the issue of Msunduzi, including the deployment of Shelembe and the burning of ANC regional offices.

“The ANC will therefore not be drawn to comment on statements made by Makhosi Khoza and will remain focused on the approach and task mandated by the PEC.

“The PEC task team has engaged a number of stakeholders and a sector involved in this matter and is satisfied that this matter will be resolved speedily,” Zikalala said.

Khoza was unavailable at her contact numbers and she failed to respond to e-mails.

Meanwhile, another ANC alliance organisation, the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco), has joined the call for Shelembe and Msunduzi speaker Zonke Mbatha to be removed with immediate effect.

Sanco has also called for the suspension of ANC regional secretary Supa Zuma and Shelembe from the ruling party’s regional structure. Shelembe is ANC regional treasurer.

Sanco’s national spokesperson, Dumisani Mthalane, said the ANC has let down the people of Pietermaritzburg by deploying Shelembe and Mbatha to their positions.

“Sanco cannot stand by and watch while our communities are being forced to endure the humiliation of despotic leaders in the KZN municipalities …

“We also call on Premier Zweli Mkhize as the head of government in the province and also as head of the ANC to act immediately against Shelembe and Zuma.

These two are criminals who belong in jail and must not be allowed to lead the people of the Moses Mabhida region,” Mthalane said.

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