The very outspoken African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza has expressed fear for her safety ahead of her disciplinary hearing before the party’s KwaZulu-Natal leadership this weekend.
Khoza is scheduled to appear before the province’s disciplinary panel headed by Ravi Pillay on Sunday afternoon which she thinks 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.
Thus, she is trying to negotiate with the party to have the time of her disciplinary hearing on Sunday moved for fear of falling victim to assassination.
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.
Apparently, the time and date of the hearing raised her suspicious, as not many meetings of this type were held on Sunday afternoons. As a result, she’s afraid of being ambushed and possibly assassinated.
Notably, former ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa died from gunshot wounds on Monday in an attack in the province. Also, councilors in various municipalities have been murdered this year in the province and other municipalities.
If these killings are anything to go by, it’s no wonder why Khoza wants her hearing to be shifted to hold during the week.
“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 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 motion of no confidence against him was held via a secret ballot in August.
Khoza said she wanted to be part of a party that stood for principles that resonate with her, however, the ANC had shown “how far they will go to protect corruption”.
Multiple death threats have been thrown at her and her daughter since she went public with her criticism against the ruling party in April.
She was recently removed from her position as chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration after five ANC MPs boycotted one of her meetings.