One of the first people in the African National Congress (ANC) to call for former president Jacob Zuma’s removal, Makhosi Khoza is expected to take the stand at the State Capture Commission on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
Having served as Chairperson of the Committee on Public Service and Administration, as well as Economic Development, Khoza will give evidence related to Parliamentary oversight.
The Commission will also hear evidence from the DA’s former Member of the Portfolio Committee on Transport Manny de Freitas and Parliamentary Engagement Manager at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) Matt Johnston.
For the past several days, the Commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, have been hearing testimonies from current and former MPs, including the DA’s Natasha Mazzone, who was the party’s Public Enterprises Shadow Minister. The former Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi and former ANC MP Zukiswa Rantho also took the stand. Rantho chaired Parliament’s Eskom inquiry, which heard jaw-dropping allegations of widespread corruption at the power utility.
Who is Makhosi Khoza?
Khoza gained notoriety amongst South Africans when she was part of Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the affairs of the SABC. However it was when she became one of the first to condemn then President Jacob Zuma’s administration and publicly call for his removal from office, that many began to notice her.
Khoza resigned from the ANC in 2017 after the party charged her with ill-discipline and she and her family had received death threats for her anti-Zuma comments. She later launched her own political party, African Democratic Change (ADeC) but she then resigned and joined OUTA as an Executive Director in 2018.
Khoza then left OUTA and has returned to politics, now as part of former Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s political movement Action SA.
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