Khoza not al­lowed to speak

Dis­si­dent ANC MP stopped from giv­ing YCL lec­ture at Inanda

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ANC MP Makhosi Khoza was yes­ter­day in­tim­i­dated and pre­vented from de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture on for­mer ANC pres­i­dent Oliver Tambo.

This was a day af­ter EFF leader Julius Malema had raised con­cerns about her safety, and that of her ANC col­leagues who are sup­port­ing a se­cret bal­lot against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

Khoza had been in­vited to de­liver the lec­ture by the Young Com­mu­nist League of South Africa in Inanda, north of Dur­ban.

She was go­ing to speak at Tambo Plaza Hall, near the home of pro-Zuma Dur­ban mayor Zandile Gumede, who is also the ANC’s eThek­wini re­gional chair­per­son.

Khoza with­drew from the event af­ter peo­ple wear­ing ANC T-shirts em­bla­zoned with a pic­ture of the pres­i­dent, had gath­ered to pre­vent her from com­ing into the area.

Ad­dress­ing thou­sands of EFF sup­port­ers who at­tended the party’s fourth an­niver­sary at Cur­ries Foun­tain Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day, Malema said “Makhosi and other ANC MPs are be­ing threat­ened from prac­tis­ing their right”.

“We need a way of pro­tect­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, and the most re­li­able way of pro­tect­ing MPs is through a se­cret vote.

“I have spo­ken to more than 60 MPs from the ANC, in­clud­ing cab­i­net mem­bers, who said to me with a se­cret bal­lot we are done,” said Malema.

Non­tokozo Nsele, an SACP ac­tivist in Inanda, sus­tained a head in­jury when a stone was ap­par­ently thrown from the crowd. Nsele said she and other SACP mem­bers were walk­ing to the hall when they were con­fronted by ANC sup­port­ers.

“With­out provocation they swore at and at­tacked us with stones,” said Nsele.

Nduduzo Chamane, Young Com­mu­nist League sec­re­tary in the area, de­scribed this ward in Inanda as be­ing “the twin sis­ter of Ward four in Nt­shanga” when it came to ten­sion be­tween ANC and SACP sup­port­ers.

Khoza is cur­rently in trou­ble with the ANC na­tion­ally and in KwaZulu-Natal for calling for a se­cret bal­lot in the vote of no-con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent in Par­lia­ment on Au­gust 8.

She is ex­pected to ap­pear be­fore an in­ter­nal pro­vin­cial dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on Septem­ber 10.

Khoza did not com­ment by pub­li­ca­tion dead­line yes­ter­day.

Chamane said Zuma sup- porters had started to mo­bilise on Mon­day to pre­vent Khoza from com­ing to the ward.

“They treat the SACP as their worst op­po­si­tion in the ward, as Makhosi Khoza is treated as the main op­po­si­tion in the ANC na­tion­ally,” said Chamane.

He said the YCL had in­vited Khoza to tell her that they shared her views about Zuma and were ready to de­fend her.

“Com­rade Makhosi is one of us be­cause of her views, even though she is not a card-car­ry­ing mem­ber of the SACP. She is say­ing that South African so­ci­ety is say­ing ‘ enough is enough’, and she is pre­pared to vote with her con­science, which is what we sup­port,” said Chamane.

Isaac Luthuli, YCL deputy na­tional sec­re­tary, said af­ter yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent, Khoza had de­cided to with­draw from the lec­ture.

“We tried to per­suade her to come de­spite the threats, but we un­der­stood when she de­clined, be­cause her safety is very im­por­tant,” said Luthuli.

Zuma sup­port­ers de­clined to com­ment and in­stead re­ferred ques­tions to ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli.

Dis­tanced

Ntuli dis­tanced the ANC lead­er­ship from peo­ple who had gath­ered to in­tim­i­date Khoza.

He said he was not aware of the lec­ture. He also ar­gued that SACP sup­port­ers also wore Zuma ANC T-shirts.

“They might be SACP mem­bers who do not agree with Makhosi’s views,” he said.

How­ever, he said Khoza, “like any other com­rade”, should be al­lowed to de­liver lec­tures if she had been in­vited by “any mem­ber of the al­liance”.

Con­cern­ing the party’s dis­ci­plinary steps against Khoza, Ntuli said: “She must make sure she does not make her con­di­tions ag­gra­vated. I would want to be­lieve she is ma­ture enough to un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of do­ing or say­ing some­thing that com­pro­mises her be­fore the case.”

PIC­TURE: DOC­TOR NGCOBO

SACP mem­bers singing and danc­ing dur­ing the OR Tambo Memo­rial lec­ture at iNanda yes­ter­day.

MAKHOSI KHOZA

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