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Makhosi Khoza boycott amounts to 'gross ill-discipline'

17 Août 2017

The five MPs wrote a letter to their Chief Whip‚ Jackson Mthembu‚ just a few hours before the meeting‚ stating that they no longer regarded Khoza as their chairperson and they had "taken a decision to suspend all study group/portfolio committee meetings until the conduct of Dr Khoza is addressed".

Parliament - Despite five ANC MPs boycotting a parliamentary meeting, other parliamentarians sitting on the portfolio committee on public service and administration have resolved to subpoena Minister Faith Muthambi after she too was a no-show on Tuesday.

"If corrupt ministers are free to defy Parliament, and ANC MPs are also free to boycott meetings that probe corruption, then it is only fair that the country goes for early elections".

But Muthambi snubbed the meeting without offering members of the portfolio committee on public service and administration an explanation.

Democratic Alliance MP Michael Waters said Muthambi should be issued with a subpoena forcing her to appear before the committee. "If she fails to come to Parliament and fails which there will be in contempt of Parliament. and there are repercussions which flow from that", she said.

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi.

ANC sources told City Press that in the study group meeting - a meeting where the ANC discusses political strategy ahead of parliamentary meetings - ANC MPs attacked Khoza and called for her head.

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The minister did not send an apology for not attending the meeting and her department's director general Mashwahle Diphofa (DG) did not show up either.

But Mthembu has rejected their call‚ saying they did not have any authority on the deployment of ANC MPs.

"The suspension of any of these meetings and/or failure to attend meetings individually and collectively constitutes ill-discipline action on their part", he says. "Whatever their grievance, real or imagined, in relation to the Chairperson of the committee, it is a matter to be dealt with by the organisation which has deployed all of us".

"In terms of section 56 of the Constitution you can do that and Dr Khoza is well within her rights to do so and that is invoking the powers of 2014 section 12 and 14 in which a resolution will have to be drafted".

The five MPs - Zephroma Dlamini-Dubuzana‚ Regina Lesoma‚ Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen‚ Madala Ntombela and Mervyn Dirk - accused Khoza of acting against the ANC.

The EFF said the developments were clear evidence that ANC MPs wanted to deliberately collapse the work of Parliament to hold corrupt individuals accountable.

Makhosi Khoza boycott amounts to 'gross ill-discipline'