ANC member of Parliament Dr Makhosi Khoza will face disciplinary action by the ANC, after she publically criticised the leadership of the ruling party and the structural failures within it.
Khoza has spoken out against the lack of leadership from President Jacob Zuma, his inability to lead the nation as a president and his controversial ties to the Gupta family.
On Tuesday the ANC in Kwa-Zulu Natal posted to their Facebook page a statement about Khoza’s comments on Mandela Day.
“The ANC Kwa-Zulu Natal is of the firm view that Khoza has now crossed the line and must immediately face the consequences of her actions,” it said.
“Accordingly, the provincial working committee has directed the ANC provincial officials to urgently and immediately institute disciplinary measures against Khoza. She is now treating the ANC with absolute disdain and acts with a maximum degree of impunity,” the statement read.
Khoza, in turn, issued a statement on her Facebook page this morning, questioning whether the ANC KwaZulu-Natal, whose legitimacy is being challenged in court, can even make such a call.
“Does a structure whose legitimacy is questioned and which has to validate its existence have the power to institute disciplinary proceedings?” she asked.
Khoza asked the provincial party to “cleanse” themselves.
“Please comrades don’t use my legitimate and rational call to legitimise yourselves. I refuse to subject myself to such a structure. Go to court first and cleanse yourself,” she said.
At a conference for the future of South Africa, held on July 18, more than 790 civic organisations gathered at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg, in aid of “recapturing the country from the power elite”.
There Khoza again spoke out against the lack of accountability by the ANC, and said that she was listening attentively so that “the ANC can be effective”.
Makhosi spoke of her intense loyalty towards the party from the tender age of 12, and said that she had an internal dilemma of questioning the “relevance of the principle of democratic centralism”.
“This is the dilemma, internal dialogue, debate and conversation I have with myself: What if such leadership directives are morally and ethically bankrupt? What if such directives are directionless? What if such directives reflect arrogance, dishonesty, denialism and injudiciousness of that very democratically elected leadership collective?” she lamented.
Prior to these public comments Khoza posted, on her Facebook page, screenshots of messages from an unknown number giving her 21 days to live unless she withdrew her comments about the upcoming secret ballot and her vote for the motion of no confidence against Zuma.
Both Khoza and her daughter have been subjected to intimidation and death threats, with Khoza calling for protection and intervention from Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.