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Makhosi Khoza: Women Like Bathabile Dlamini Are An Affront To ANC Heroines Of The Past

"They would pass me like I didn't exist."

22/09/2017 15:51 SAST | Updated 10/10/2017 13:32 SAST
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Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has slammed women within the governing party and accused Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini of siding with patriarchy. Khoza made these comments while speaking to CapeTalk host, Eusebius McKaiser, on Friday.

"Women in Parliament would pass me like I didn't exist, I was so alone."

"Bathabile Dlamini is not appreciating women who are revolutionary intellectuals, including me -- she would rather side with patriarchy. She is letting down the likes of Lillian Booi and Charlotte Maxeke who actually founded the [ANC] Women's League."

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"Women in Parliament would pass me like I didn't exist, I was so alone," she said. This was while Khoza was receiving death threats for speaking out against President Jacob Zuma.

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She also blamed presidential hopeful and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for the lack of support she received when her life was being threatened.

"Not once did she come up to me and say, I heard you were receiving death threats."

Khoza also took a stab at former AU Commission chairperson and recently sworn in ANC MP, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

"The one I am sad about is Dlamini-Zuma, she actually moulded me... and it is tragic that she is aligning herself with people with questionable morals and conduct, she should be campaigning for a younger woman," Khoza said.

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Khoza also emphasised that the ANC could no longer self-correct, saying that the party defended corruption when the majority of its MPs voted against the motion of no confidence in Zuma on 8 August this year.

"The ANC made it clear who they wanted to defend. The ANC wanted to defend corruption."

Khoza said that was the moment that changed everything for her.

"I was charged by the ANC study group in Parliament, charged by the ANC [leadership in] KwaZulu-Natal and fired as chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration."

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Khoza, who fell in love with the ANC at the age of 12, said there was a special place for the ANC in her heart.

"The ANC was not just a political home. I had a very strong bond with the party, a stronger bond than the one I had with my parents.

"The bottom line is, the ANC became uncomfortable with me because of the role I played at the SABC [in] ensuring [former SABC chief operating officer] Hlaudi Motsoeneng left the public broadcaster. The truth is, the president was very unhappy with me."

Khoza said she had no intention of starting her own political party or join an opposition party because she wanted a party that will be "home for all South Africans".