Lekota 2, Shilowa 2

2010-05-30 10:23

Delegates attending the elective conference of the Congress of the

People (Cope) have passed a vote of no confidence in their ­leader, ­Mosiuoa


This came shortly after Lekota and party spokesperson ­Phillip

Dexter won a court interdict stopping the conference from going ahead in


While Lekota was in court, delegates at the meeting unanimously

nominated Mbhazima Shilowa for the post of president.

The move comes after Lekota, who was facing a bleak political

­career if the elections had gone ahead, demanded the elections be delayed to


The court interdict gives Lekota time to regroup and get his

­supporters ready for the next ­conference.

Yesterday, Judge Motsamai ­Makume ordered Cope to defer the

election for four months.

The judge’s ruling is similar to a compromise the Congress National

Committee (CNC) reached ­during a heated meeting on Thursday to turn the

conference into a policy discussion instead of a forum to elect new party


But 1?579 delegates voted against the CNC decision, paving the way

for Shilowa to take over.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Lekota said the interdict

“was a victory for the party”.

“This gives us an opportunity to correct weaknesses in the

­membership system,” he said.

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