Khoza death threat: ‘You have 21 days’
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.