‘Greener pastures’ for Khoza

2012-02-09 00:00

MAKHOSI Khoza is leaving all her political party positions to pursue what she calls “greener pastures” in the private sector.

The ANC’s provincial spokesperson and the chief whip in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has repeatedly been overlooked for an MEC post and other senior positions.

The Witness has reliably learnt that Khoza is negotiating with top ANC leaders in the province to be released from her current political positions. This comes amid speculation that she was bitter after being overlooked for an MEC post late last year when Premier Zweli Mkhize reshuffled his cabinet.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala confirmed he was holding discussions with Khoza about her work in the legislature and about whether her skills could be used elsewhere.

Zikalala said: “From time to time we hold discussions with members on their participation in different structures. Once a decision has been reached we will release a statement.”

Khoza was among the likely candidates when Mkhize axed two “under-performing” MECs — Lydia Johnson, of Agriculture, and Maggie Govender, of Human Settlements — but was instead “promoted” to chief whip in the provincial parliament.

She is a former Msunduzi deputy mayor and chairperson of the legislature’s standing committee on public accounts.

In November last year Khoza withdraw her candidacy for the eThekwini city manager position, allegedly after receiving death threats.

At the time she was shortlisted with Sibusiso Sithole, who eventually got the job, and Cyril Xaba, Mkhize’s advisor.

After the May local government elections there was speculation that Khoza would be appointed eThekwini mayor, which did not materialise.

Khoza would neither confirm nor deny that she was resigning from her ANC positions.

She said: “I previously indicated that I had requested the ANC to release me from the positions I occupy so I could pursue my career line on local government administration …

“At my age I believe I am at the prime of my career and I need to do more than I am doing right now for the development of our society.

“I am still negotiating with the ANC on the issue.”

Khoza indicated that if the ANC decided to release her she would remain a disciplined member of the organisation.

She rejected rumours that she was leaving active politics because of being overlooked for certain positions.

She said: “Since I joined politics when I was still very young, I have known that I was not entitled to positions.

“In politics you are appointed. It’s unlike applying … I can only claim my entitlement in positions that I apply for, not in politics, as it depends on the person in charge of deployment.”

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