Lekota has child with MP

2012-02-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cope’s sacked treasurer-general Hilda Ndude has sent a letter to the party leadership in which she claims, among other things, that party leader Mosiuoa Lekota has had a child with a young Cope MP.

Neither Lekota nor the MP would speak about the paternity of the child yesterday, describing it as a private matter.

Ndude was recently expelled from the party after a disciplinary hearing found her guilty of paying at least R182 000 of party money into her and her son Vusumuzi’s bank accounts.

Lekota told Beeld last night that Ndude’s allegations were nothing but sour grapes, which was part of public life, and he could take the punches. His legal representative would talk to Ndude.

The MP said she realised that the allegations were newsworthy and had expected the inquiry earlier, but Ndude was a thief who would hear from her lawyer; her actions were the desperate last kicks of a dying horse.

Ndude, who claimed in the letter that the disciplinary hearing was unfair, made five allegations, two of them involving Lekota and the MP, two involving Lekota only, and one involving only the young MP.

• Ndude claimed that the whole of Cope was whispering that Lekota is the father of the MP’s child.

When the child was born the MP sent SMSes to several Cope members announcing “little Lekota’s” birth.

The MP has denied having sent such SMSes.

• Ndude alleged that Lekota and the MP shared a hotel room in Langebaan on August 8 last year. Each submitted a receipt, but for the same room.

Both the MP and Lekota said that on that date they were both in Lamberts Bay at a Cope function with another party official, and each had his or her own room.

• Ndude alleged, thirdly, that the MP submitted several other contentious claims for payment.

The MP has denied this to Beeld.

• Fourthly, Ndude claimed there were indications that during the local government elections Lekota received between R300 000 and R400 000 from a particular Cope candidate.

Lekota denied this and referred Beeld to the candidate, who has, however, not been answering his cellphone.

• Lastly, Ndude alleged that Lekota’s driver was overpaid.

Lekota said that minutes show the driver’s salary to have been approved.

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