Khoza death threat: ‘You have 21 days’

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Out­spo­ken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza con­tin­ues to re­ceive death threats and her tor­men­tor has now ef­fected a count­down on her life.

Khoza posted screen grabs on her Face­book page of text mes­sages sent to her phone warn­ing her to vote against the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, which is sched­uled for de­bate next month.

One of the text mes­sages sent to Khoza on Tues­day night reads: “This time around, you should do what is best for your­self.”

This is fol­lowed up with: “I will find you and I will kill you,” sent on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “You have 21 days be­fore you die,” was sent to her that same even­ing.

Khoza’s re­sponse to this was to ask the sen­der to out­line the rea­sons for the ul­ti­ma­tum of her death, the rea­sons for the threats and for the sen­der’s iden­tity.

“Vote against the mo­tion and with­draw your state­ments and com­ments about the se­cret bal­lot. Do what is best for your­self and fam­ily. You have 20 days left,” reads the re­sponse.

The sen­der is an­gered when Khoza re­sponds with: “Rub­bish. Go ahead,” and warns her not to use in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage. He or she then mock­ingly asks: “Any­how, I will go ahead or should I de­crease the num­ber of days I’m giv­ing you? (sic).”

The threats came just days af­ter the ANC in Par­lia­ment called on the party’s head­quar­ters to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Khoza for “ex­treme ill-dis­ci­pline”.

Khoza had given in­ter­views on the side­lines of the ANC’s na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence held at Nas­rec in Johannesburg, in which she dared the ANC to fire her for her call for a se­cret bal­lot vote in the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence.

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu ac­cused Khoza of cast­ing as­per­sions on ANC mem­bers of Par­lia­ment by say­ing that she doubted that ANC MPs had the nec­es­sary moral­ity to make their own de­ci­sions.

“We take se­ri­ous ex­cep­tion to such ut­ter­ances as they seek to ques­tion the cal­i­bre of our MPs. ANC mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are tried-and-tested cadres of the move­ment who have in their own name and right con­trib­uted im­mensely to the at­tain­ment and ad­vance­ment of our democ­racy,” said Mthembu.

Khoza first pub­licly spoke out against the ANC in April when she said the govern­ing party was ef­fec­tively hand­ing over power to the op­po­si­tion. This fol­lowed na­tion­wide protests call­ing on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to re­sign. Khoza said the mass ac­tion was a sign that the party was ir­rel­e­vant‚ with chronic lead­er­ship in­ca­pac­ity.

Three weeks ear­lier, Par­lia­ment is­sued a press state­ment con­demn­ing death threats al­legedly made against Khoza when she led the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion on an over­sight visit in Mpumalanga. “Par­lia­ment does not take the al­leged threats lightly, and a re­port would there­fore be made to the Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly … in or­der for the in­sti­tu­tion to de­ter­mine an ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion,” it said.

This week, Par­lia­ment spokesper­son Moloto Mothapo said: “The is­sue of Doc­tor Khoza is re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary at­ten­tion and an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse will be given. Par­lia­ment has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed con­cern re­gard­ing the threats.”

The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the threats against Khoza, in­clud­ing the lat­est ones she posted on so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Vuyo Mhaga.

He said the po­lice had been in touch with Khoza about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mhaga wouldn’t say whether an assess­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion of whether Khoza needs state-spon­sored se­cu­rity had been done.

MAKHOSI KHOZA

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