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By Chisom Jenniffer Okoye


Makhosi Khoza takes new direction in life

Her new party says that they have no sympathy for her and they're still looking to 'discipline' members.

Makhosi Khoza is not sorry she has turned her back on politics. The opposite, she says, is true, as she embraces her new venture into local governance and education.

Khoza resigned yesterday from African Democratic Change (ADeC), the party she helped form after she quit the governing ANC.

She told The Citizen her decision to resign and wash her hands of politics for good was because she wasn’t using her acquired education enough and that now was the time to move on and use it to make a massive impact in her area of interest.

The 48-year-old acquired a PhD in qualitative management systems, but said she had not done enough with it in the field of local governance and administration.

In addition, she wanted to promote African languages in education in South Africa.

She said although she was far from bitter, and very happy with her participation in South African politics, it was important to know which battles to fight; it was now time to move on.

“We live in a democracy where everyone is free to make choices. I believe now is the time to leave politics and to invest in the area where my true expertise and passion lies,” she said.

Khoza added that she believes she has been a good example to women, particularly those in politics, and that although her impact will be minimal in the future landscape of South African politics, she will be hoping to create a massive impact on the people she will be directly working with.

She refused to comment on the progress of the ANC and new developments after her departure.

“My comment on the life of the ANC has no material effect for me and furthermore I think it would be unfair of me to assert my opinions because an active ANC member would be in a better position to comment on that,” she said.

“I am more interested in my new ventures.”

Bongani Masilela, the man who claimed to be the spokesperson for ADeC, welcomed Khoza ’s resignation and took the opportunity to express the party ’s disappointment and displeasure at the manner in which she allegedly “dragged” out the process.

“ADeC sends no sympathy for Makhosi Khoza in welcoming the resignation,” said Masilela.

“We wish to state that we will be continuing with the disciplinary hearing of all charged members on Monday [today].”

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