Makhosi Khoza is fighting corruption on another level: Former ANC MP joins OUTA

Makhosi Khoza is fighting corruption on another level: Former ANC MP joins OUTA

- Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has a new job, she's been appointed as the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse's (OUTA) executive director and head of its local government programme

- OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage announced on Friday Khoza would be joining their team during a briefing in Joburg

- Her new position followed her announcement recently that she would no longer be in politics

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The CEO praised Khoza, saying she is bold and courageous. Her appointment came after she resigned from the ANC to start her own party- the African Democratic Change.

However, she recently announced she would be retiring from politics.

The former ANC MP is expected to start her new role as the OUTA executive director on the first of June.

"It is time for one to consolidate and embark on a journey that began in 1996," she said during the briefing.

She then said the country should stop ignoring local governments and start investing its best minds there.

"It should be a sphere where the country invests its best brains. It is gratifying that OUTA has taken a decision to focus on this sphere of governance. I hope to make a maximum impact on this sphere of governance."

According to Khoza, the corruption and maladministration within local governments were the motivation behind her decision to take the job at OUTA.

She said she was thankful for an organisation such as OUTA, which aims to better the quality of South Africans' lives.

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"When our taxes are misused - our quality of life suffers. We should take responsibility to hold municipalities accountable."

Khoza added she was honoured to announce she was no longer a politician, she's now part of civil society.

She then praised her new employer, adding there was no other organisation that could match what OUTA has done.

"I want to thank the members of the board for believing in me and that I can add value. It is very difficult to trust politicians these days."

OUTA, which was established in 2012, first aimed to challenge the government's e-tolling system. But, in 2016, they expanded their operations to include fighting corruption.

"It goes without saying that corruption is rife in local governmant and there is a growing lack of accountability.", Duvenage said.

According to the CEO, several municipalities accused of corruption had been brought under their attention by locals.

Thus far, 50 of them would be investigated, he added they would apply pressure on Cogta to exercise due diligence.

The announcement of Khoza's employment came amid questions around OUTA’s own internal governance, News24 reported. gathered former OUTA executives accused Duvenage of mismanagement and bypassing the board. Furthermore it was claimed he gave himself a R160 000 montly salary without the board's approval.

But, the organisation's CEO hit back by claiming those attacking him had been fired over serious misconduct eight months prior to the reports.

"Now he has an axe to grind and has gone and rounded up former directors who resigned to make me look like a bad CEO. They are smearing me to appear as a dictator. I am not a dictator."

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