Makhosi Khoza. Picture: SUPPLIED
Makhosi Khoza. Picture: SUPPLIED

Makhosi Khoza will be leading a new political party, even though she steers away from calling it that.

Khoza, a former ANC MP who quit the party in September, told the Daily Maverick event, the Gathering, in Sandton on Thursday that her proposed organisation will be a "merger" of political parties.

She said she was approached to assist in leading the merger, describing the formation as "a new political home". Khoza did not specify which parties were involved, but said several ANC members have, over the years, left the party to start their own, especially at local government level.

"I think [SA] needs to find a new political model that is going to take into account civil society, and I can tell you now that we are working on that," said Khoza, adding that she was not at liberty to disclose details but that its initiators are "going for change".

Khoza said South Africans have to shift from their traditional perspective of looking at things, and that the country has many incorruptible leaders, who are keen on building a new SA.

Khoza, along with ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang and cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, known as Zapiro, was part of a panel discussion on how SA came to the political situation it is currently in. Khoza said she did not believe the ANC’s elective conference in December will deliver the needed results.

Msimang said the ANC did not take time to understand power. It should devise ways of managing it, including adopting an enforceable code of ethics, without merely assuming that someone is a good comrade. According to Msimang, the way the ANC elects its leaders has contributed to the issues it currently faces, including factionalism and the emergence of slates.

He also took a swipe at the black economic-empowerment policy, saying it was mismanaged, and that it should have ensured you could not be a policy maker and also be a beneficiary of the system.

All three ANC presidential hopefuls, who initially confirmed their presence at the event, did not attend; Zweli Mkhize, Lindiwe Sisulu and Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma all withdrew this week.

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