Khoza in the hot seat

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

IN THE space of a lit­tle more than two weeks, out­spo­ken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has been called a sui­cide bomber and ac­cused of be­hav­ing like a run­away fire – by the top hi­er­ar­chy of her own party. What it boils down to is that her ANC mem­ber­ship is hang­ing by a thread.

What Khoza has done is po­lit­i­cally un­usual: she has launched sting­ing at­tacks on the pres­i­dent of her own party – and that of South Africa.

Fear­lessly, and some would say fool­ishly, she has stood up, on nu­mer­ous pub­lic plat­forms, and ques­tioned the moral­ity of Jacob Zuma, sided with those who have ac­cused him of cor­rup­tion and called for him to step down or be voted out in the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence de­bate on August 8.

So strongly does Khoza feel about Zuma that she re­cently wrote to Speaker Baleka Mbete, ask­ing her to al­low vot­ing fol­low­ing the de­bate to be done via se­cret bal­lot.

In a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem where party dis­ci­pline is paramount, Khoza’s ac­tions would be re­garded as way out of line – by any of the par­ties.

The irony is that her chances of tak­ing part in the de­bate are prob­a­bly nil.

She will prob­a­bly be re­called by the ANC in her home prov­ince, KwaZulu-Natal, within the next few days.

The last straw as far as party bosses were con­cerned was on Tues­day, when she joined some of Zuma’s fiercest crit­ics in call­ing for him to step down.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa de­scribed her be­hav­iour as gross dis­re­spect for the party’s dis­ci­plinary code.

“If you are a loyal mem­ber of the ANC, you could raise some of your concerns in­ter­nally in the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said. “You can’t be­have like a run­away fire.” The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal ac­cused Khoza of be­ing ar­ro­gant, and re­vealed that it would in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary mea­sures against her.

Many South Africans might view it as ridicu­lous that she is about to be pun­ished for shout­ing out against cor­rup­tion less than 24 hours af­ter her would-be wield­ers of the axe, the ANC, agreed to or­gan­ise se­cu­rity to protect her against people an­gry with her anti-Zuma ut­ter­ances.

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