‘Khoza still to de­cide on se­cu­rity’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

WHILE the ANC in KwaZu­luNatal was fi­nal­is­ing the charges against de­fi­ant ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza yes­ter­day, it emerged that she had yet to ac­cept the se­cu­rity of­fer from Par­lia­ment and the SAPS.

This comes af­ter the House and the SAPS met with Khoza on Fri­day, sub­se­quent to a se­cu­rity as­sess­ment con­ducted fol­low­ing the death threats she re­ceived.

Par­lia­ment spokesper­son Moloto Mothapo said Khoza had in­di­cated on Fri­day that she would first con­sult with her fam­ily and re­vert with a de­ci­sion by the end of the week­end.

“Both Par­lia­ment and the SAPS are still await­ing Dr Khoza’s de­ci­sion,” Mothapo said.

“Par­lia­ment wishes to state that all se­cu­rity ar­range­ments re­gard­ing Dr Khoza are ready for ac­ti­va­tion as soon as she in­di­cates ac­cep­tance of the sup­port,” he added.

Khoza has been vo­cal in call­ing for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down and also wrote to Speaker Baleka Mbete ask­ing her to de­cide on a se­cret bal­lot on the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence sched­uled for Au­gust 8.

Khoza drew the ire of the ANC, which has threat­ened to haul her over the coals for ap­par­ently bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute, and yes­ter­day was un­der­stood to be the dead­line for serv­ing her with the charges in her dis­ci­plinary mat­ter.

ANC provin­cial spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli would not con­firm whether Khoza had been served with the charges.

“I have no knowl­edge… But she was sup­posed to get it to­day (Tues­day),” he said in an in­ter­view be­fore lunchtime.

Ntuli, who was vis­it­ing schools as part of the KwaZu­luNatal leg­is­la­ture pro­gramme, had promised to get con­fir­ma­tion by 3pm, but did not re­spond to calls and text mes­sages later.

Khoza’s cell­phone also went unan­swered.

Party in­sid­ers said the charges were be­ing for­mu­lated by the ANC’s KZN dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee headed by No­magugu Sime­lane-Zungu, who was also un­avail­able for com­ment.

The ANC has pre­vi­ously stated that Khoza would be charged be­fore the end of the week for break­ing ranks.

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