Cape Town – Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is at a “very low and lonely place”. This is the view of ANC stalwart Barbara Masekela.
The former ANC NEC member and ambassador to the United States believes that Khoza, who quit the ANC, is in need of the support of ordinary South Africans and ANC leaders.
“I think that if you have been in the ANC since birth, you are at a very lonesome place when you make such a drastic decision to leave the organisation,” Masekela told News24.
“She now needs the encouragement ... Makhosi and other people need to know that she’s not alone and that others are standing with her – supporting her.”
Khoza left the ANC on Thursday after months of receiving threats for her stance against President Jacob Zuma. She was charged by the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal - which nominated her as an MP - with bringing the party into disrepute.
In a statement on Friday afternoon, Masekela, Walter Sisulu University chancellor, Sheila Sisulu; former ambassador to Germany and writer, Lindiwe Mabuza; and former ANCWL president Gertrude Shope said Khoza had been “resisting a tremendous amount of pressure from some within the ranks of the ANC to resign.”
“The continued looting of state resources, undermining and compromising State-Owned Enterprises, as well as the systematic weakening of state institutions of democracy, are all the shenanigans she was challenging,” the four ANC veterans said in a statement.
“We support Makhosi Khoza’s prerogative to resign from the ANC as mothers who have nurtured Makhosi as our daughter whom we have seen growing within the ranks of the ANC.”
Masekela told News24 that they issued the statement in support of Khoza after a group of 101 ANC stalwarts criticised Khoza’s move.
“We have been supporting Makhosi Khoza publically more than three months ago, and knew that she was under immense pressure without anyone helping her,” Masekela said.
Masekela said if the ANC was able to self-correct it would have done something when Khoza complained about death threats and when “there was a flood of leakages and news flooding about state capture and corruption.”
She said it was premature to speculate whether Khoza would start a political party outside the ANC.
“The ANC is at a very difficult place; we need to see what happens the months ahead,” Masekela said.