Vociferous ANC Member of Parliament Makhosi Khoza has declared the disciplinary process initiated against her by the party’s provincial leadership as a nullity.
In her forthright manner, the MP insisted in a statement on her Facebook that the hearing cannot proceed because the provincial leadership was unlawfully elected.
Khoza’s declaration is based on the Pietermaritzburg high court’s decision that rendered the eighth ANC provincial elective conference held in November 2015 as invalid and unlawful.
Khoza has been charged to face disciplinary action for bringing the party into disrepute after she criticised President Jacob Zuma. She publicly called for him to step down before the failed motion of no confidence against him was held via a secret ballot in August.
However, according to the outspoken ANC MP, any disciplinary steps to be taken against her, could only be decided upon by a newly constitutionally elected PEC.
The hearing is scheduled to hold tomorrow after her lawyer asked for its postponement last weekend because his client fears for her safety.
Khoza was scheduled to appear before the province’s disciplinary panel headed by Ravi Pillay last week Sunday afternoon which she said is unsafe considering the recent killings in the province. Khoza’s hearing which was originally scheduled to start at 9 am in Durban was later moved to 3 pm to her dissatisfaction.
“Who goes to a hearing at 3pm on a Sunday?” Khoza asked, adding that by the time she’s done with the hearing, it will be dark. “That will put my life in even more danger,” she said.
Khoza told the state broadcaster (SABC) that the situation is volatile in KwaZulu-Natal and there is a pattern of people getting gunned down when returning from meetings.
There has been claims that multiple death threats have been thrown at Khoza and her daughter since she went public with her criticism against the ruling party in April.