Makhosi Khoza retires from politics


CAPE TOWN, April 21 – African Democratic Change (ADeC) leader Makhosi Khoza has announced that she will be retiring from politics with immediate effect.

Khoza, a former African National Congress MP, was among those who were vocal last year in calling publicly for former president Jacob Zuma’s resignation. She subsequently resigned from parliament, left the ANC, and formed the ADeC.

In a letter to ADeC national board of directors chairman Moses Mayekiso on Saturday, Khoza said she had “taken a well-thought-through decision to step down from politics with immediate effect in pursuit and in fulfilment of my deepest passion, conviction, and mission in local governance and administration, education, and elevation of African languages as those of prestige and prosperity”.

“Once in one’s lifetime, potential opportunities arise. This is exactly what has happened to me. A very promising potential opportunity has arisen for me to really add maximum value to the entire local governance and administration fields in South Africa and possibly the entire African continent,” she said.

“Retiring from politics means I will work with all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations. As made explicitly clear, my mission is apolitical. It will, therefore, be an antithesis if I was to be associated with a particular political party,” Khoza said.

– African News Agency (ANA)