Brand Cope: fight rages on

2010-12-20 00:00

THE war of words between the two Cope factions continued yesterday, with each side claiming legitimacy and issuing statements.

Mbhazima Shilowa, speaking as president of Cope, said the new leadership will unify the party and will move “with speed to craft a new vision”.

“We will be the lawful custodians of the Cope trademark and name and move with speed to protect our brand and restrain anyone who unlawfully uses our name.”

Mosiuoa Lekota in turn says constitutionally he is still in charge because the elective conference never took place. Lekota also denies that Shilowa is the custodian of the party’s trademark and name. He says Shilowa has registered a Section 21 company with the name Cope.

The Lekota camp issued a list of names saying these newly elected Shilowa office bearers have distanced themselves from the process. Attempts to get hold of them proved fruitless. — WR.

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