Caretaker for Cope in KZN

2010-11-05 00:00

THE national working committee (NWC) of the Congress of the People has put a caretaker administrator in charge of Cope in KZN after two rival provincial structures were set up within the party last week in a continuing internal feud.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, a member of the Cope NWC, Ndzipho Kalipa, confirmed that he has been appointed the convenor in charge of all Cope political affairs in the province.

Two weeks ago, six out of nine Cope regions in KZN, supported by deputy chairperson Piet Beegte and other senior leaders, passed a vote of no confidence in the entire provincial leadership due to allegations of financial irregularities involving more than R1,4 million allocated to the party by the KZN Legislature.

The six regions then established a task team which they said is now in charge of the affairs of Cope in the province.

However, Cope KZN provincial secretary Philip Mhlongo declared that all members of the organisation who attended a meeting at which the vote of no confidence was passed have been automatically expelled from the party.

The Cope NWC later appointed a task team composed of Kalipa, national party spokesperson Philip Dexter and Smuts Ngonyama to investigate the goings-on in the province.

Yesterday Kalipa was appointed to take over the affairs of Cope until the province holds its elective conference to choose permanent leaders.

He said, “I am here in the capacity as the deployee from the NWC to ensure stability within the province. I will act without fear or favour to serve the interest of Cope, its constitution and its obligations. This means that the two parallel structures that existed are no longer there now.”

All parties have agreed to his deployment to the province, he added, and on Sunday the party will hold a meeting of the provincial interim leadership group, which is expected to decide on the date of the provincial elective congress.

“As a person deployed in KZN I shall not listen to individuals, but only to Cope structures. Both parties have agreed to this arrangement.”

Mhlongo said that as far as he knows, Kalipa is a national deployee to prepare for Sunday’s meeting.

The secretary of new task team, Khumbulani Nene, said they are happy about the arrangement.

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