Makhosi Khoza. Picture: TIMESLIVE
Makhosi Khoza. Picture: TIMESLIVE

Opposition MPs on the public service and administration committee insist that Makhosi Khoza remains chairwoman and the only way to remove her would be through a motion of no confidence in her.

This is despite Khoza being ousted by the ANC caucus from the position last week.

The opposition MPs are bracing to go to battle on Wednesday at a scheduled committee meeting. They said that until Khoza resigned of her own volition, she remained in charge of the committee.

They also insist that the committee is the only structure that can unseat her and have noted that there has been no formal communication from the ANC, notifying Parliament of any changes to the committee.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu announced in a statement last week that Khoza had been removed as committee chairman because of a breakdown in working relations after Luthuli House had issued the instruction to his office. Khoza has been a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma.

The opposition parties serving on the committee said on Monday that they had received no indication that Khoza had resigned as chairwoman and contended that the committee was the only structure with the authority to remove her.

But observers noted that Khoza’s recall by Mthembu was a formality because ANC MPs, including those who boycotted a meeting under her chairmanship last week, were sure to come out in full force to raise a motion of no confidence in her.

Observers said Wednesday’s committee meeting would serve to gauge the internal dynamics in the ANC caucus. Its spokeswoman, Nonceba Mhlauli, said: "Chairpersons of committees are appointed by the majority party. Any changes in committees are done in the same way. There are no resignations."

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who serves on the committee, said on Monday: "We are not part of the ANC and its caucus.

"The ANC does not remove anyone from any position in Parliament. It has to be Parliament. I don’t know if she has resigned. If she has, there is no issue. But if not, there must be a vote [to remove her]."

The DA’s Mike Waters said the only way Khoza could be removed was if the committee sat in a meeting with a quorum and successfully heard a motion of no confidence in her.

Mhlauli said Khoza would have to step down as per the directive of Mthembu.

On Monday, Khoza said she had not received formal communication from the chief whip. "I was elected by the portfolio committee, not the ANC. However, I am an ANC deployee. In the absence of a formal process, I remain the chair because I have not resigned," she said. "I find it … disturbing that the ANC does not follow … procedure."

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