Top member of parliament and chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration/monitoring and evaluation, Dr. Makhosi Khoza said she received death threats after her oversight visit to Mpumalanga this week.
Khoza, who related her shock at the death threat, said she views the threats she has received from unknown persons after leading her committee on an oversight visit in Mpumalanga this week, as a very serious issue.
The MP said she received a call threatening her and even telling her that they have information of the room number at the hotel where she was staying.
The oversight committee led by Khoza conducted a surprise visit to a hospital in Mpumalanga but they were greeted with anger and fury from the people. At the visit, the MP pointed out a number of problems in the health sector in the province.
According to residents who explained the reasons for their anger, patients at the hospital have been looking forward to receiving assistance for the past two days, but the hospital management denied them.
Parliament was told of the threat on Wednesday and was left disturbed as the members wondered who was after the life of one of them.
Dr. Khoza received calls in the last two days, the gist of which hint at some unhappiness with the stern views her committee made during its oversight programme in the last two days,” confirmed Parliamentary spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo in a media statement.
“During the oversight visit to the province, a number of problems in Mpumalanga’s health services came to the committee’s attention, prompting a wide range of critical views from committee members and a subsequent statement by Dr. Khoza, issued in her capacity as chairperson of the committee.”
Mothapo said Parliament does not take the alleged threats lightly and a report would be made to the Speaker of the National Assembly. He added that the alleged threatening calls will also be reported to the SAPS for investigation.
Dr Khoza is an ANC MP who made headlines in December for her role in the SABC enquiry and earlier last year chaired the ad hoc committee established to facilitate processes for the appointment of a new Public Protector.
She holds a doctorate in Administration, a master’s degree in Policy and Development Studies and is a fellow at the Aspen Global Leadership Institute.