Party won't go Agang way - #MakhosiKhoza

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG

- Un­til early this year, 18-year-old Maja Sharp was not re­ally in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics. Then came for­mer ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, with her rab­ble-rous­ing crit­i­cism of the gov­ern­ing party for its fail­ure to rein in Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for his al­leged role in state cap­ture and other mis­de­meanours.

Maja was cap­ti­vated, im­pressed with Khoza’s brav­ery and her stance against cor­rup­tion, among her other prin­ci­ples.

On Fri­day Maja was among the 150plus peo­ple who con­verged at the Maths Cen­tre in Braam­fontein for the found­ing con­fer­ence of the African Demo­cratic Change (ADeC), Khoza’s po­lit­i­cal party.

“I was never po­lit­i­cally ac­tive be­fore and not po­lit­i­cally aware. I then saw her (Khoza) in Par­lia­ment and she al­ways looked like a for­mi­da­ble leader,” said Maja.

“She was al­ways this per­son who blew the lid on (sic) cor­rup­tion, and she is some­body I feel I could trust.

"You know the whole Zuma thing go­ing on these days and she was among the peo­ple stand­ing up against him. It was a coura­geous and brave thing.”

Maja's hair was dyed in the ADeC’s dom­i­nant sky blue, which an­chors the yel­low, green and black - the ANC’s tra­di­tional colours - on the logo.

And in­stead of the ANC’s spear on its logo, the party's sym­bol fea­tures a hand hold­ing a flam­ing torch.

To mem­bers like Maja, Khoza might well be the prover­bial lady with the lamp.

“Her (Khoza’s) vi­sion and prin­ci­ples are around em­pow­er­ing women and the youth, and as a young fe­male, they are align­ing with mine. So it’s per­fect for me, and I don’t feel like I am com­ing to a party and com­pro­mised on some things.

"Ev­ery­thing she says, I fully res­onate with and un­der­stand. I am in­cred­i­bly con­vinced,” said Maya.

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