Cope man turns tables on ANC ‘hitman’ – claim

2009-06-01 00:00

A MEMBER of the Congress of the People (Cope) narrowly escaped death at the Glebelands hostel in Durban on Friday night after he was attacked, allegedly by an assassin hired by the African National Congress.

According to Cope spokesman Philip Mhlongo, the Cope member, whom he declined to name, was returning from work when he was attacked.

He said that when the man was approaching his living quarters at the hostel, two assailants approached him and called him a “Cope”.

They drew weapons, but the intended victim managed to shoot first, injuring one of the assailants.

“Our member managed to shoot one of the assailants in the leg, and when the police questioned him about his role in the attempted murder, he confessed that he did not live at the hostel but was hired by an ANC member to assassinate our member,” said Mhlongo.

He alleged that this is not the first time such an attack has happened. He said there is a secret campaign to systematically remove all the Cope members living at the hostel.

“We now fear that this is going to continue, and that puts the agreement of people and political parties co-existing in jeopardy.”

However, the interim chairperson of the ANC in the province, Sihle Zikalala, denied that his party was involved in the shooting.

He said that as far as he knew, there were tensions in the hostel following a riot against criminal elements in the hostel.

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