Khoza mum on no-con­fi­dence vote

No sign of promised state­ment

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - LUYOLO MKENTANE @luy­olomken­tane

OUT­SPO­KEN ANC MP Makhosi Khoza seems to have chick­ened out of com­ment­ing on the no-con­fi­dence vote against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on Tues­day.

This fol­lows the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal call­ing on party lead­ers, mem­bers and sup­port­ers to “re­frain from par­tic­i­pat­ing in so­cial net­works in a man­ner that com­pro­mises the unity of the move­ment”.

Khoza, a fierce Zuma critic, told The Star on Wed­nes­day that she would re­spond ex­ten­sively yes­ter­day on the failed mo­tion con­ducted by se­cret bal­lot in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Yes­ter­day, Khoza said she would re­lease a de­tailed state­ment on her Face­book page and via email, af­ter it had been screened by a friend. She had sought a sec­ond opin­ion on the much-an­tic­i­pated state­ment be­cause “I can be a bit rough at times”.

How­ever, by the time of pub­li­ca­tion, she had not done so, and sub­se­quent calls to her cell­phone went to voice­mail.

This af­ter ANC KZN spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli called on the party’s lead­er­ship to act “de­ci­sively” against ANC MPs found to have voted with the op­po­si­tion.

The wa­ter­shed mo­tion, in which 384 MPs voted, saw 177 vot­ing in favour of Zuma’s re­moval, while 198 wanted him to keep his job. There were nine ab­sten­tions.

This means that 35 ANC MPs voted with their con­science and de­fied the ANC’s or­ders to re­ject the mo­tion.

Zuma’s sup­port­ers within the party have called for a witch-hunt of those found to have de­fied the or­gan­i­sa­tion. How­ever, the ANC, through its spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa, rejected the pro­posal.

Ntuli said they had noted a me­dia post pur­port­edly by a mem­ber of the ANC’s eThek­wini re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, al­leg­ing that “R2 bil­lion (was) used to in­flu­ence vot­ing in the Na­tional Assem­bly”.

The com­rade, he said, had been “di­rected” to with­draw the state­ment and apol­o­gise un­con­di­tion­ally within 48 hours “for his un­founded as­ser­tion”.

“It is our firm view that dur­ing this hour of chal­lenges and dif­fi­cul­ties our move­ment must close ranks while act­ing firmly against those fur­ther­ing di­vi­sions,” he said.

In the build-up to the vote, ANC MPs in­clud­ing Khoza, Mondli Gun­gubele and axed min­is­ters Pravin Gord­han and Derek Hanekom, called on Zuma to step down, say­ing they would vote with their con­sciences.

It was the first time that ANC MPs voted with the op­po­si­tion for the oust­ing of a sit­ting pres­i­dency.

Ntuli said this had caused “deep pain and dis­ap­point­ment”.

Kodwa said the ANC’s po­si­tion had al­ways been that they would sup­port what­ever de­ci­sion Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete took on the vot­ing pro­ce­dure.


FREE AND FAIR: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has sur­vived his lat­est vote of no con­fi­dence - de­spite the bal­lot be­ing held in se­cret.

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