Fight for Cope presidency continues

2010-06-04 13:00

The

legal fight over who the rightful president of the Congress of the People is,

continues at the South Gauteng High Court.

Cope’s

ousted president, Mosioua Lekota, and former spokesperson Phillip Dexter have

taken their organisation to court over a motion of no confidence the faction

aligned to their rival, Mbhazima Shilowa, passed at last weekend’s Cope

conference.

The

conference passed the motion despite a court ruling that the conference had no

right to elect leaders as it had been convened as a policy conference.

An

earlier court application today to overturn the ruling was postponed until next

week.

In

the meantime, the court heard arguments over whether the conference had

followed the correct procedures in passing a motion of no confidence against

Lekota and whether this meant he was no longer party president.

Lekota’s

legal representatives argued that the conference was not entitled to do so and

questioned the validity of the motion of no confidence.

Shilowa’s

lawyers contend that the conference was within its rights to remove Lekota as

he had walked out on it and sought to oppose its decision by going to court.

The

case continues.


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