Makhosi Khoza won’t be following in Malema and Lekota’s footsteps


Makhosi Khoza confirmed on Tuesday that she will not be following in former colleagues Julius Malema and Mosiuoa Lekota footsteps by forming a new political party.

Both Malema and Lekota formed their own political parties after leaving the African National Congress. Malema formed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), while Lekota formed the Congress of the People (Cope).

Khoza announced that she was leaving the party last month after being brought up on disciplinary charges, accused of bringing the party into disrepute. She was a vocal critic of the ANC leadership and President Jacob Zuma, publicly calling for him to step down prior to the August 8 motion of no confidence against him.

Khoza made her announcement during a speech she delivered for the University of Johannesburg's Helen Joseph memorial lecture.

The former ANC member of Parliament did not hold back, but delivered a stinging rebuke to her former party, accusing the party of betraying the South African people by becoming defined by corruption and nepotism.

"Patronage and nepotism has become to the new moral conscience of the ANC. Its the norm to help yourself to the public purse," Khoza said of her former political home.

She admitted to previously believing that the party would be able to regulate itself, but has since realised that will not happen. She called on South Africans, and especially the younger generation, to consider their options ahead of the 2019 elections and build a future without the ANC.

"There is no leader that can emerge from the ANC elective conference without signing a pact with the devil," she stated emphatically.