Former Mbomela mayor quits 'sick' ANC to join EFF

2015-09-17 17:31
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Mbombela - Former Mpumalanga capital city mayor Isaiah Khoza has left the African National Congress (ANC) to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), labelling his former party "sick".

Khoza, who served as Mbombela local municipality mayor between 1995 and 2004, before becoming head of the provincial department of community safety, security and liaison, is the second top ANC politician to join the EFF following former member of the National Assembly Tseko Taabe's defection.

"I have left the party that I have served for 31 years. It comes with pain that I have to leave because I can see that this party is no longer going anywhere, especially here in Mpumalanga. There is a systematic campaign here of killing the organisation, both in government and politically, and I can't be part of it," said Khoza.

The former mayor compared ANC provincial chairperson David Mabuza to Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005.

"There is no voice that is being listened to from party members, except one person, even at national level. Here we have Nkurunziza, who has to approve everything and anything we think, do or say. Even when you want a bursary for your child, you have to go wait at his farm house in Barberton and be roasted by the sun.

The ANC is sick

"He has become the only thinker in the party, no one else is allowed to give his or her views. Mabuza's views are final. If he tells you a colour is red then that colour is red. If you disagree and say it is black, you are out, both in government and in politics. If he lies, you must clap hands and say he is telling the truth and congratulate him, otherwise he will make you fall," he said.

Khoza added that the party was facing inquiries regarding fraudulent membership forms that were allegedly used to rig elective conferences in favour of Mabuza's faction.

"Credible leaders from the province have been systematically sent to the National Assembly because he doesn't want to be disturbed by their independent thinking. He wants to remain alone and lead, lead, again and again and again.

Currently, Mabuza is sick and everything else has drawn a blank. That means when Mabuza is sick the ANC is sick. I cannot stay in a party like that," he said.

'ANC under a dark cloud'

ANC provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa said the party in Mpumalanga was under a dark cloud, but would overcome.

"Indeed we are engulfed by a dark cloud this week in the province. Just a few days ago we lost a former member who served in our parliament. This is a revelation. As those who know would say, 'Before dawn comes the darkness.' We are now at a stage where it's too dark as an organisation in the province, but soon we will overcome.

"These challenges can be solved. You cannot solve political matters mechanically. This needs patience and discipline; unfortunately some members decide to leave," said Ndinisa.

Ndinisa added that it was sad to compare Mabuza with Nkurunziza because the ANC allows any member to have as many terms as possible within the party.

"It is only in government where a leader's term is limited to a certain period. In the province the chairman has been asked to run for a third term, but not as premier. It is not the same because Nkurunziza defied his country's Constitution and wanted a third term as president," Ndinisa said.

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