ANC, drill oth­ers too – like Zuma

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THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has de­cided to charge Makhosi Khoza for bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute. All or­gan­i­sa­tions have rules that mem­bers are obliged to ad­here to. Khoza did some­thing no or­gan­i­sa­tion would tol­er­ate – she openly crit­i­cised the leader of her party, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, and de­manded he step down.

She is not the only ANC mem­ber to have done so, but what distin­guished her from other Zuma de­trac­tors has been the ex­tent of her crit­i­cism.

Khoza must have known her stand would re­sult in an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary hear­ing. She must also have known that, if found guilty, she risked los­ing her party mem­ber­ship and be­ing re­called from Par­lia­ment as an MP.

That she con­tin­ued to speak out il­lus­trates just how strongly she felt about the is­sue. Khoza will prob­a­bly not make it to Par­lia­ment on Au­gust 8, when a vote of no con­fi­dence in Zuma is to be held.

As much as the ANC is right to charge her, it should in­ves­ti­gate and charge oth­ers who have brought the party into dis­re­pute. This in­cludes the pres­i­dent, who was found to have failed to up­hold, de­fend and re­spect the con­sti­tu­tion.

It is rich of the ANC’s na­tional lead­er­ship to have left the KZN lead­er­ship to act against Khoza.

Why is the party not ap­ply­ing the same prin­ci­ples to its pres­i­dent? Why have dou­ble stan­dards? Is it not Zuma, rather than Khoza, who is bring­ing the ANC into dis­re­pute and tar­nish­ing its im­age with his lack of lead­er­ship? Or is it be­cause Khoza is a woman?

What is it that stops a party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive from act­ing against the leader re­spon­si­ble for the rifts that plague an or­gan­i­sa­tion once re­spected even by its op­po­nents? What makes a party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive ig­nore the pleas of its vet­er­ans – peo­ple who sac­ri­ficed so much and gave their all, out of love and com­mit­ment to the ANC?

The an­swers lie with the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers. It’s time they man up and deal with this mat­ter once and for all.

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