ANC’s Khoza fears be­ing ‘gunned down’ to­mor­row

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - ANA RE­PORTER

OUTSPOKEN ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with the party to have the time of her dis­ci­plinary hear­ing to­mor­row moved for fear she will be “gunned down” on her way to the pro­ceed­ings.

Speak­ing to the African News Agency yes­ter­day, Khoza said the ANC was be­ing “ex­tremely un­rea­son­able” in ex­pect­ing her to at­tend her dis­ci­plinary at 3pm to­mor­row.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial charge sheet sent to Khoza in July, the hear­ing was set to start at 9am at the party’s head­quar­ters in Dur­ban. Provin­cial spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli told ANA he was “not sure about the ac­tual time but dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee meetings usu­ally start at 9am”.

“Who goes to a hear­ing on Sun­day? Who goes to a hear­ing at 3pm on a Sun­day?” Khoza asked. “I am fight­ing with them over time. I wrote to (ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe) and he said he couldn’t help me.

I have writ­ten to KZN (lead­er­ship) and they said 3pm; they don’t want to change it,” she said. “I am wor­ried about safety is­sues in KZN; Ma­gaqa is not even buried yet,” she said, re­fer­ring to for­mer ANC youth league sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sindiso Ma­gaqa who died on Mon­day, os­ten­si­bly from wounds sus­tained when he was shot mul­ti­ple times in uMz­imkhulu in July in what the party called an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt.

He was a PR coun­cil­lor at the time. Ac­cord­ing to Khoza, there was “a pat­tern of peo­ple get­ting gunned down” in the prov­ince when re­turn­ing from meetings. She said that if the hear­ing took place at 3pm the party was in­creas­ing the chances of her be­ing “gunned down”.

“When I leave there it will be dark. That will put my life in even more dan­ger,” she said. Khoza said she did have pri­vate se­cu­rity but would not say how many body­guards would ac­com­pany her.

“But what is my pri­vate se­cu­rity to those guys?” she said. She said she would at­tend the hear­ing but was hop­ing for a more rea­son­able time.

Speak­ing to ANA yes­ter­day, ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli said Khoza would have to plead her case be­fore provin­cial dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee head No­magugu Sime­lane-Zulu and mem­bers Arthur Zwane, Phumlile Zulu, Mx­olisi Kaunda and Im­por­tant Mkhize.

Ev­i­dence lead­ers would in­clude Makhosini Nkosi and Ravi Pil­lay. Ntuli said the en­tire process “should not last beyond 30 days un­less there are some un­avoid­able and un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances”.

Khoza was charged in July for ill dis­ci­pline, fail­ing to com­ply with ANC pol­icy, pro­vok­ing divi­sion and bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute, with all but one of th­ese re­lat­ing to posts she made on her Face­book ac­count.

Khoza has been a fierce critic of Ja­cob Zuma’s fit­ness as pres­i­dent and has lam­basted the party for los­ing its moral com­pass and be­ing rid­dled with cor­rup­tion.

She has been vo­cal about re­ceiv­ing death threats be­cause of her stance and has claimed the lives of her children have also been threat­ened. Khoza was fired from her po­si­tion as chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion and the ANC re­de­ployed Khoza to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. – ANA

Makhosi Khoza ges­tures dur­ing an interview with Reuters in Jo­han­nes­burg on July 18.

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