Gun­gubele opts for quiet, Khoza doesn’t

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI AND MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

THE ANC has de­nied it is us­ing dou­ble stan­dards in the cases of de­fi­ant MPs Makhosi Khoza and Mondli Gun­gubele.

This came as the ANC in Gaut­eng on one hand said yes­ter­day that it had spo­ken to Gun­gubele and he would no longer com­ment about his stance on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­gard­ing the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence de­bate on Tues­day.

On the other hand, the ANC in KwaZulu-Na­tal had moved swiftly to dis­ci­pline Khoza over her po­si­tion against Zuma.

Yes­ter­day, Khoza re­mained de­fi­ant and again lashed out de­spite dis­ci­plinary charges laid against her and a warn­ing from the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa told The Star that there was no con­tra­dic­tion in what the ANC in Gaut­eng did with Gun­gubele and what sec­re­tary-general Gwede Man­tashe said on Mon­day.

Kodwa said Man­tashe did not pre­scribe what Gaut­eng needed to do with Gun­gubele.

“There is no con­tra­dic­tion. We did not pre­scribe.

“We said this be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able. We re­ferred the mat­ter to the prov­ince,” said Kodwa.

Gun­gubele also con­firmed he would no longer speak on the mat­ter.

“The prov­ince came in and we dis­cussed the ap­proach and we en­gaged, and that en­gage­ment re­sults in me stop­ping to en­gage in these mat­ters in pub­lic,” said Gun­gubele.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary in Gaut­eng Hope Papo said they met Gun­gubele.

“The ANC Gaut­eng pro­vin­cial of­fice bear­ers met with Com­rade Mondli Gun­gubele fol­low­ing con­cerns raised with the prov­ince by the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary-General (Man­tashe) on his re­cent pub­lic com­ments and pro­nounce­ments re­lat­ing to the up­com­ing mo­tion of no con­fi­dence by the op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment,” said Papo.

“After af­ford­ing Com­rade Gun­gubele an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain him­self, he was ad­vised and re­quested to de­sist from mak­ing any fur­ther pub­lic pro­nounce­ments on the mat­ter,” he said.

But Khoza went on an­other full-frontal at­tack against the party in KZN.

In a letter posted on Face­book to Ravi Pil­lay, the MEC for Hu­man Set­tle­ments, Khoza ques­tioned the ju­ris­dic­tion of KZN in her case be­cause her com­ments were made out­side the prov­ince.

She also said that given se­cu­rity threats against her, the hear­ing must be held out­side KZN.

Khoza said she re­mained un­shaken de­spite the charges.

“I may not be com­mu­ni­cat­ing with you ev­ery day but rest as­sured I’m un­fazed and un­shaken.

“I’ll keep on fight­ing the rot in our coun­try. We are all tired of these bul­lies who do not even un­der­stand the very in­stru­ment they are us­ing to charge me”.

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