KZN ANC vows it will charge Khoza

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH - BALD­WIN ND­ABA

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has vowed it will charge out­spo­ken MP Makhosi Khoza with mis­con­duct and pos­si­bly be­hav­iour un­be­com­ing of a party mem­ber for sup­port­ing calls for ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down.

How­ever, Khoza told The Star yes­ter­day she was un­aware of the plans to charge her.

On Tues­day, the party in KZN said Khoza was not im­mune to po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline. But by yes­ter­day, it had yet to serve for­mal charges against her.

Ex­plain­ing the de­lay, KZN pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma said: “We are pro­cess­ing the dis­ci­plinary case be­cause we had to clear var­i­ous le­gal is­sues in­volved in the mat­ter.”

He said they had al­ready briefed the ANC’s pro­vin­cial dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee about their com­plaints against Khoza but he re­fused to give de­tails.

Zuma also did not want to con­firm whether the charges would be served on her be­fore Au­gust 8, when a vote of no-con­fi­dence against the pres­i­dent was ex­pected to be held in Par­lia­ment.

“We do not want to de­stroy our case by re­veal­ing the con­tents of the pos­si­ble charges against her in the me­dia.

“The charges will be for­mu­lated and we will make them known pub­licly,” Zuma said.

He ap­peared un­fazed by the pref­er­ence of Luthuli House not to bring any dis­ci­plinary charges against Khoza and any other ANC MPs who had pub­licly sup­ported a call to vote with “their con­science”.

Ac­cord­ing to Zuma, his pro­vin­cial party was en­ti­tled by the ANC con­sti­tu­tion to charge Khoza in­de­pen­dently.

“There is a par­tic­u­lar clause in the con­sti­tu­tion that a branch, a re­gion or prov­ince can in­de­pen­dently take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against any of their mem­bers, de­spite the na­tional of­fice think­ing oth­er­wise.

“We are ex­er­cis­ing our rights con­tained in the ANC con­sti­tu­tion,” Zuma added.

Khoza has been sin­gled out af­ter call­ing on the Speaker of Par­lia­ment Baleka Mbete to or­der a se­cret bal­lot.

On Tues­day, Khoza in­ten­si­fied her cam­paign against the pres­i­dent when she shared a pub­lic plat­form with some of his fiercest crit­ics, such as the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion and Save SA, in which she re­it­er­ated her call for him to step down.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa, slat­ing Khoza, said he was adamant that the party would not charge her. Kodwa said it was pos­si­ble that she and oth­ers who sup­ported her views were be­ing in­flu­enced by some of the op­po­si­tion par­ties.

“If we act, the ANC will ap­pear to be in­tol­er­ant of dif­fer­ent views,” he had said.

Kodwa sug­gested that op­po­si­tion par­ties were al­ready pre­par­ing “high-ech­e­lon po­si­tions” for some ANC mem­bers who were de­fy­ing their party’s in­struc­tions.

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