Boycott of Makhosi Khoza disappointing - EFF

Boycott of Makhosi Khoza disappointing - EFF

Members of the ANC Study Group on Tuesday wrote a letter to Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu stating they have chose to "suspend all study group portfolio committee meetings". The decision to relieve her as chairperson comes after numerous failed attempts by the leadership of the organisation to counsel her on her behaviour.

Khoza says she's not surprised by the ANC's decision to remove her as a committee chairperson because the party is targeting members it believes supported last week's motion to unseat the president.

In a statement by Jackson Mthembu on Thursday afternoon, the ANC chief whip said her continued public attacks on ANC leadership and ordinary members who voted against the DA's motion of no confidence in Zuma "have led to her alienating ANC members of parliament including those in her committee resulting in an ill-advised and out-of-line decision to boycott any activity she is involved in".

Beside's Khoza only one other ANC MP, Mnyami Booi, pitched for the meeting, with those seated in the opposition ranks outnumbering their ruling party counterparts - a very rare occurrence in Parliament.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Monday's national working committee meeting discussed the implications of Hanekom possibly facing disciplinary action, but no decisions were taken.

Muthambi is also accused of spending R300 000 of taxpayers money to fly friends and family members to her budget speech in May.

The letter to Mthembu, signed by Zephroma Dlamini-Dubazana, Madala Ntombela, Mervyn Dirks, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen and Regina Lesoma refers to the ANC's rules on conduct expected of its members.

This was announced by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip in a statement on Thursday. "But removal must be the consequences of engagement, you can't say as a starting point, remove him", Kodwa told the M&G.

In February, Khoza was appointed as the chairperson of the portfolio committee of public service and administration after serving on the finance committee.

"Minister Faith Muthambi is running away from being held to account on the reports of nepotism and also corruption in her department under her instructions", said Ndlozi.

Muthambi isn't the only minister whose feathers Khoza has ruffled.

"We have agreed that we are going to subpoena the Minister, I will do all the necessary work and communicate with the committee and the chair about the outcome of this meeting", said Khoza.