The ruling party announced this on Friday through its national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa who referred to Khoza as an invaluable part of the Department of Information and Publicity and the ANC at large.
“The African National Congress regretfully announces the resignation of Comrade Keith Khoza as National Communications Manager of the ANC, effective 1 March 2016,” ruling party spokesman Zizi Kodwa said.
“Since joining the administrative corps of the ANC, Comrade Keith has been an invaluable part of the Department of Information and Publicity and the ANC at large, selflessly serving the movement and for this we thank him. We are confident he will not be lost to the ANC communications machinery and we wish him nothing but the very best,” .
Khoza’s resignation is surprising especially as it came nearly immediately after a notable member of the party Stone Sizani resigned.
Stone Sizani who was the party’s chief whip announced his resignation with immediate effect on Wednesday. In a statement, the chief whip’s office added: “Because of the urgency with which he is required in the new deployment, Comrade Sizani has thus resigned from Parliament with immediate effect.
Sizani’s appointment as chief whip in 2013 was seen as an attempt to unite a then fractious caucus.
Further more, the resignation of these two top party officials would be hardly felt by the party especially in its political tussles. One of the most recent was the alleged defection of about 2000 ANC members to the EFF.
The resignations came just a week after the State closed its case against Sizani’s wife Portia, known as “Pankie”, who is accused of defrauding the Eastern Cape Education Department of more than R1.2 million by processing several fraudulent applications for Grade R teaching posts.