Khoza Says It Was A Coincidence That Two Top ANC Members Resigned In One Week


ANC National Communications Manager Keith Khoza, who dropped his resignation letter last week, said he did not leave the party’s headquarters with any feeling of animosity.

Last Friday, the ANC announced the resignation of Keith Khoza as National Communications Manager of the ANC. The party said his resignation was with immediate effect.

“Comrade Keith leaves the ANC to rejoin the public service in the Gauteng administration,” ANC said.

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Khoza stated that he pulled out to help fortify local government and at such, the ruling party has not lost him in any way.

I’m not lost to the ANC communications. I still will form part of their meetings.

“When you work for the ANC, you form part of the ANC nationally that services either the organisation or the responsibilities that the organisation is shouldering at that particular point in time,” he told News24 on Tuesday.

Last week, ANC’s parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani resigned to become South Africa’s ambassador to Germany.

Sizani has been the ANC’s chief whip since 2013, replacing Mathole Motshekga.

Sizani and the ANC dismissed rumours that Sizani left because he had been censorious of how the Nkandla matter was handled.

But Khoza said it was a mere coincidence that he and Sizani resigned at the same time.

“There was no connection,” he said.

Khoza is expected to take up a post in the Gauteng local government department. Gauteng province is  led by ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile.

We will recall that Premier David Makhura recalled Paul Mashatile to the provincial Cabinet. Thereafter, he was made MEC for Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance.

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Khoza said later on, that Mashatile was tasked with assembling a team to work with him. It was then that he spoke to the ANC leadership and it was agreed that Khoza would be released from his work.

Speaking about his new position, Khoza said “I’ve come back. I have an idea of how it operates, what are the issues or what were the issues then. It’s about continuing where we left off in terms of the broad responsibilities of the department.

“Remember, one of the key challenges the ANC is facing is to strengthen local government and Paul is responsible for local government. So we have to assist in terms of setting up systems, and make local government more visible,” he said.

It is expected that Khoza would still handle communications for the department and help out as an ANC volunteer.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says that the party expressed confidence he will not be lost to the ANC communications machinery and wished him nothing but the very best in his future.

Khoza was a former CEO of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency and head of the Gauteng Liquor Board. And had been part of the communications team at ANC headquarters since 2009.