Khoza is speak­ing up for the masses

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Vi­jay Su­ru­j­pal

FIRE­BRAND ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is vo­cif­er­ous in ar­tic­u­lat­ing the short­falls of the rul­ing party and has raised the ire of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s al­lies.

She’s ad­vo­cat­ing that the vote of no con­fi­dence against him, which is set for Au­gust 8, be done by se­cret bal­lot.

Khoza has pub­licly called for the pres­i­dent to step down, as have lead­ers from the al­liance and else­where, but the dag­gers seem to be point­ing in her di­rec­tion.

Khoza’s dis­ci­plinary hear­ing is set for next week but she seems as un­per­turbed and re­silient as ever, stat­ing that the hear­ing is be­ing han­dled by an “il­le­git­i­mate struc­ture”.

She’s go­ing to be de­fi­ant to the bit­ter end. With death threats hang­ing over her head and min­i­mal pro­tec­tion, Khoza seems to be pre­pared for the in­evitable.

An com­men­ta­tor said on Sun­day he hoped she sur­vived the mas­sive on­slaught against her and was alive to see the re­sults of the vote of no con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent. Death threats have be­come an in­stan­ta­neous norm as soon as lead­ers speak out against the rot in the govern­ment or call for Zuma to step down.

Tena­cious for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor ad­vo­cate Thuli Madon­sela’s life was also threat­ened be­cause she openly spoke out against the crim­i­nal­ity of cor­rup­tion and its dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the most vul­ner­a­ble.

In a coun­try that claims democ­racy as its guid­ing prin­ci­ple, death threats need to be ex­ten­sively in­ves­ti­gated and pro­tec­tion given to the per­son re­ceiv­ing them. Pro­tec­tion must be ab­so­lute, ir­re­spec­tive of which po­lit­i­cal party the per­son be­longs to.

The pub­lic ten­ta­tively awaits the out­come of dis­ci­plinary hear­ing against Khoza. Many pre­dict­ing she might be re­called as an MP. She com­pre­hends the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of her ac­tions. A prin­ci­pled leader sees the in­jus­tices and is will­ing to fight against them, even if it means stand­ing alone.

Herein lies the heart of our con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy which is the right to choose. You can ei­ther choose to re­main si­lent while the coun­try col­lapses or you can choose to make your voice heard.

The voice of the revo­lu­tion­ary con­cious­ness can never be ig­nored. It is in this con­text that Khoza will con­tinue to be de­fi­ant and rel­e­vant be­cause she is rais­ing is­sues that af­fects the peo­ple she rep­re­sents.

The dag­ger is point­ing only in her di­rec­tion


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