Khoza no ex­cep­tion to party rules

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mor­gan Phaahla

WE LIVE in in­ter­est­ing times, pop­ulism re­placed con­struc­tive en­gage­ment and un­couth be­hav­iour has be­come a con­ve­nient way to ex­press dis­sent.

While the right to speak one’s mind in a pub­lic gallery is to be cel­e­brated, its lat­i­tude has bound­aries. The in­ter­ests of the or­gan­i­sa­tion come first, and not mem­bers’ pri­vate in­ter­ests. Those un­able to ob­serve the lim­i­ta­tion of their rights have a choice to leave with­out act­ing re­bel­liously in or­der to sow di­vi­sions. One can­not say more about the in­tegrity and al­le­giance of such a mem­ber.

Com­rade Makhosi Khoza can­not wear an ANC hat and mo­bilise civil so­ci­ety un­der the guise of brav­ery to con­tra­vene the ANC con­sti­tu­tion in such a cal­low man­ner.

It would be chaos if other ANC par­lia­men­tar­i­ans were to fol­low what she did. On the whole, her ill-dis­ci­pline bor­ders on anar­chy in­tended to bring the name of the or­gan­i­sa­tion into dis­re­pute.

In­ter­est­ingly, some within our ranks deem Khoza to have ev­ery right to ex­press what­ever she likes about the ANC with­out rec­on­cil­ing her­self with the con­se­quences thereof.

At worst, a call to rein in her de­viant be­hav­iour is per­ceived as a des­per­ate mea­sure fraught with vic­tim­i­sa­tion by virtue of her be­ing a wo­man. That’s non­sense con­structed from ig­no­rance. The con­sti­tu­tion dic­tates that dis­ci­plinary ac­tion be taken against any delin­quent mem­ber, re­gard­less of race, gen­der or creed. Khoza is no ex­cep­tion. Vosloorus, Ekurhu­leni

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