Party won't go Agang way - #MakhosiKhoza
- 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.