African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza on Thursday announced her resignation, signalling a deepening rift within South Africa’s ruling party.
“I will not be led by leaders who lost legitimacy and credibility. I want to say goodbye to the corrupt ANC,” Khoza said.
Khoza, a critic of President Jacob Zuma, was about to be disciplined by the ANC for supporting a no-confidence motion against Zuma on August 8.
The motion was defeated although about 30 ANC members voted with the opposition calling for Zuma to resign.
Soon after the motion, the ANC sacked Khoza as Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration (PCPSA).
Khoza said she would no longer be ridiculed for taking a stand against corruption and lies.
Khoza’s resignation received different reactions.
Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements and member of the ANC National Executive Committee, praised Khoza’s courage.
“We have lost one very strong person who would be able to stand up to power and say not in my name. I wish she hadn’t resigned,” Sisulu said.
The ANC said the manner in which Khoza has raised issues, outside of the structures, has undermined the organization.
The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed Khoza’s move, saying her resignation proved that the ANC can not and will not self-correct.
“It is clear that corruption has compromised the ability of the ANC to govern in the best interest of the people of South Africa,” the DA said.