What did Makhosi Khoza do wrong?
By Mpho Raphata
I have over the past few months followed how ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has expressed herself over a number of issues and the passion with which she interacted with issues as a member of committees she was part of. When she was a member of the ADHOC committee on the SABC, she was very critical of how, then communication minister Faith Muthambi, had dealt with issues plaguing the public broadcaster.
In the interviews she has conducted since April, Khoza has been consistent in saying the march against President Jacob was the turning point for her. She even recounts that there have been seven no confidence votes against the president, which she voted against.
She explains that when South Africans marched, calling for the president to step down, she felt it was time that the ruling party started to pay attention to the people who voted for them. Khoza said it was time that the ANC sang a different tune, a tune using the same notes as the people of the country, who elected them to serve.
She went on to say that party expectation on this upcoming vote is at war and inconsistent with what South Africans want , that is why she is going to vote differently.
The question that she then leaves in mind is where you draw the line as an MP, or an elected member of a party? Do you keep towing the party line even when it disturbs your conscience?
At what point does it become more about the broader South African public, and when is it appropriate or acceptable to go against your party?
When do the needs of the electorate become more important, than party politics?
According to Dr Khoza there is nothing in the constitution of the ANC that says she cannot call for the president to step down.
The party rules say this:
Rule 5.2 states that:
A member of the ANC shall:
5.2.1 Belong to and take an active part in the life of his or her Branch;
5.2.2 Take all necessary steps to understand and carry out the aims, policies and programmes of the ANC;
5.2.3 Explain the aims, policies and programmes of the ANC to the people;
5.2.4 Deepen his or her understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic problems of the country;
5.2.5 Combat propaganda detrimental to the interests of the ANC and defend the policies, aims and programme of the ANC;
5.2.6 Fight against racism, tribal chauvinism, sexism, religious and political intolerance or any other form of discrimination or chauvinism;
5.2.7 Observe discipline, behave honestly and carry out loyally the decisions of the majority and decisions of higher bodies; and
5.2.8 Inform his or her Branch of movement of residence to any area outside his/her Branch and report to the Branch Committee Secretary on arriving at the new area.
They go on to say:
ANC members who hold elective office in any sphere of governance at national, provincial or local level are required to be members of the appropriate caucus, to function within its rules and to abide by its decisions under the general provisions of this Constitution and the constitutional structures of the ANC.
These are the charges the Kwazulu Natal ANC has now levelled against Khoza
For full list of charges click here:
What I wonder about now is, since the charges, what will happen to Dr Khoza?
- Will she be allowed to vote in the motion on the 8th August? Since her hearing is in September?
- If she does vote against her party, will she be expelled anyway?
- Will the same charges or at least part thereof be levelled at other members who have come out against the ANC president in public
- Is Makhosi Khoza being singled out because she is a woman?
Just this week former finance minister Pravin Gordhan called for President Jacob Zuma to step down while delivering a lecture at the University of Johannesburg. Will he face the same action based on the party’s rules?
Will the many ANC veterans who marched against president Zuma and are very vocal about the state of the country and the role played by the president therein also be hauled before a disciplinary hearing? Will those who face action also as a result of emails from an influential family in Saxon world be dealt with?
As all this unfolds, one wonders how many other people will become casualties of integrity, truth and service.
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