‘Let the court rule on the real Cope’

2011-02-15 00:00

THE confusion of two parallel Congress of the People (Cope) structures is expected to be put to rest by a court ruling following a decision by one of the factions to ask for a verdict on Cope’s leadership dispute “once and for all”.

This follows a meeting of the congress national committee (CNC) of the Mbhazima Shilowa-led faction in Cape Town at the weekend, where a decision was taken to let the court rule which is the real Cope of the rival factions led by Shilowa and Mosiuoa Lekota.

The two factions came into being after the chaotic Cope conference at Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria last year.

The decision to take the matter to court to decide on the leadership dispute follows the interim court interdict granted to Lekota loyalist Thozamile Botha, against Shilowa on Friday, which granted him an interim order to remove Shilowa as president and for the implementation of a decision to have him expelled as an MP.

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