By Sibusiso Samantungwa
ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is under fire from within the ANC for publicly backing a secret ballot when MPs vote in the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma next month.
A motion of no confidence into President Zuma is set to take place in August 8 after the Constitutional Court ruled that National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, has the discretion to allow a secret ballot or not.
Khoza, who has been critical of the current leadership of the ANC, particularly President Zuma. She received death threats for taking Zuma head-on. Khoza says she is not the only member of her family receiving death threats.
Speaking at a debate in Cape Town on Tuesday night, Khoza repeated her call, citing the pressure that ANC parliamentarians are under to toe the party line.
“Even today by the way, today, they didn’t send their threat to me. They sent it to my daughter, my daughter. And why should I die in silence?”
Khoza’s repeated her call for Mbete to order a secret vote in the motion of no confidence against Zuma. She says that it is necessary to protect MPs.
In addition to the threats against her and her daughter, she’s cited the political killings that have taken place in her home province, KwaZulu-Natal.
“We’ve had the judiciary’s office broken into and the NPA. Are all those coincidences? Are we operating in a normal environment? I want to say no, we are not.”
Khoza says she’ll be voting for South Africa and the Constitution on 8 August.