‘DIC­TA­TOR­SHIP ANC’ GUN­NING FOR ME – KHOZA

KZN fac­tion mo­bil­is­ing to have her re­moved as MP be­fore Zuma vote

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

DE­FI­ANT ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza has de­scribed the ANC as a dic­ta­tor­ship, ac­cus­ing it of tar­get­ing her af­ter slap­ping her with dis­ci­plinary charges for speak­ing out against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and call­ing for him to go.

De­spite her protest yes­ter­day, the ANC in KwaZulu-Na­tal said it will go ahead and charge her to­day or later this week.

It de­nied it wanted to re­move her as MP be­fore the vote of no con­fi­dence de­bate in Zuma on Au­gust 8.

ANC KZN spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli said Khoza was not a “spe­cial” mem­ber of the ANC and will be charged.

In her Face­book post, Khoza said there was no part of the ANC that said peo­ple must sup­port lead­ers who have lost cred­i­bil­ity.

“We are of­fi­cially in a dic­ta­tor­ship when eth­i­cal voices are sup­pressed. We are of­fi­cially in a dic­ta­tor­ship when choos­ing the peo­ple over amoral lead­er­ship is trea­sonous. When the supreme law of the land is tram­pled (on),” Khoza wrote.

“We are of­fi­cially in a dic­ta­tor­ship when the ju­di­ciary is un­der at­tack, when jour­nal­ists are threat­ened. When po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are killed and in­tim­i­dated to do wrong things,” she added.

Ntuli said: “Khoza will not be left off the hook. If she feels there are other peo­ple who need to be charged, that should be dealt with by the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.”

Ntuli added that the ANC MP had ad­mit­ted the wrong­ful­ness of her ac­tions and will face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

Ntuli de­nied claims by Khoza that they wanted to charge her be­fore Au­gust 8.

“If that was the in­ten­tion we could have sum­mar­ily sus­pended her,” he said.

Ntuli said they be­lieve the ma­jor­ity of ANC MPs will not back the op­po­si­tion in the mo­tion to re­move Zuma.

“We be­lieve the ma­jor­ity of the ANC MPs will not go with the op­po­si­tion. In fact, it is not just the ma­jor­ity, but the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of ANC MPs who will not vote with the op­po­si­tion,” he said.

Khoza has been em­broiled in a fight with the ANC in KZN and na­tion­ally over her re­marks that Zuma must go. She has pub­licly ex­pressed her in­ten­tion to vote against Zuma next month.

She also spoke out against the pres­i­dent at a civil so­ci­ety ini­tia­tive in Joburg, call­ing for his re­moval from of­fice.

Zuma has said he will serve his full­term un­til 2019, but will step down as ANC leader at the elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Khoza has been one of the staunch­est crit­ics of Zuma in the re­cent past.

She wrote a let­ter to Speaker Baleka Mbete urg­ing her to al­low a se­cret bal­lot.

Mbete has not yet de­cided on an open or se­cret bal­lot.

The Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that she has the pow­ers to de­cide on ei­ther a se­cret bal­lot or open bal­lot.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties are de­mand­ing a se­cret bal­lot to al­low ANC MPs to vote with them.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa could not be reached for com­ment last night.

The ANC in KZN and Mpumalanga yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cern over what they called an on­slaught and vi­cious at­tack on Zuma.

The pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees (PECs) met to re­flect on is­sues fac­ing the party.

“Both PECs de­part on the premise that the unity of the party must take prece­dence over pro­vin­cial parochial in­ter­ests,” a joint state­ment read.

DE­FI­ANT: Dr Makhosi Khoza

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