Cope election: KZN branch outraged

2010-05-31 00:00

COPE in KZN is outraged by the passing of a vote of no confidence on party president Mosioua Terror Lekota and regards this as a violation of the court interdict obtained earlier on by Lekota to stop the weekend conference from being an elective congress.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday after the violence-marred Cope conference in Pretoria decided to pass a vote of no confidence in Lekota and Cope national spokesperson Philip Dexter, KZN leader Lucky Gabela said the decision was in violation of the law “because that decision was taken after the order and conditions at congress were still conflicted”.

Delegates at the conference decided to pass a vote of no confidence in Lekota and Dexter after they obtained the interdict stopping the process of electing new leadership at the conference.

In a statement issued by Sipho Ngwema on behalf of Cope, he said the congress instructed the leadership to urgently challenge the interdict as delegates vowed to defend the Cope constitution, rights and processes from the Lekota group “or any other that would want to unfairly impose its desires on the majority of Cope members”.

Gabela said KZN Cope rejected the congress being an elective because the process of auditing membership and branches was still being disputed.

Contrary to Gabela’s emphasis that KZN Cope is neutral on the conflict, it is believed that it is aligned to the Lekota faction.

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