Makhosi Khoza Commission Boycott
By Mpho Raphata
It has been a week since members of parliament cast their ballot in the 8th motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, and South Africa is still feeling the repercussions of the vote. Many within the ruling party are calling for those who voted against keeping the president to go.
In the vote of no-confidence, a total of 384 votes were cast, with nine abstentions. That means that 26 ANC members voted with the opposition. This motion was put by the opposition and supported by some ANC members in Parliament.
One such Member of Parliament is Dr Makhosi Khoza; she has been vocal about how she feelings towards the president since earlier this year. Khoza has on many occasions since April this year, called on the president to step down and her party to act against him. She has said President Jacob Zuma has become a liability not only to the ANC but the country as well.
She refuses to toe the line, even when her life was threatened. Her province KwaZulu Natal has charged her with misconduct. According to the charge sheet, Khoza is accused of failing to comply with the party and behaving in a manner which provokes divisions or impacts negatively on the unity of the ANC. She will appear before a party disciplinary committee next month.
Khoza plans to challenge those charges and the legitimacy of those who are charging her. Party Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has said the party will deal with those who publicly announced that they would vote with the opposition in last week’s vote
Alliance partner the SACP over the weekend said the ANC should sort out its internal strife and stop looking for people to blame for the tot that is eating at the ruling party. The Communist party earlier this year took a decision not allow the president to speak at its events and has called for him to step down.
Cosatu, the other arm of this seemingly fragile alliance have, since May this year, also barred the president from its events.
Earlier this week, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu came out strongly against five members of parliament who absconded a portfolio committee meeting chaired by Dr. Makhosi Khoza. They defied instruction from Mthembu to attend the meeting.
MPs Sizani Dlamini-Dubazana, Madala Ntombela, Mervyn Dirks, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and Regima Lesoma – wrote Mthembu a letter saying they strongly objected to the leadership of committee chairwoman Makhozi Khoza, citing her breaching the ANC disciplinary code.
Now those MPs will be subjected to disciplinary processes.
It will be interesting to see how the ruling party will deal with these and other MPs going forward regardless of whether Makhosi Khoza is expelled from the party. The road the elective conference in December will be interesting. Post that the road to 2019 will no doubt have many curve balls that all South Africans will have to maneuver past…
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