Out over sexist slander?

2009-09-14 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S senior leader in the Congress of the People (Cope), Deidre Carter, is not cowed by insults unleashed at her by the party’s youth wing leader.

Cope’s youth wing leader and Anele Mda, who is a member of Parliament, allegedly called Carter, who is the national deputy general secretary of the party, a “stupid white token b***h”.

The party has since called on Mda to resign. The call was made on the party’s Facebook page.

The Witness understands that a meeting will be held this week to deliberate, among other things, the statement allegedly made by Mda. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to be held on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Carter said that Cope has a strong stance on behaviour, saying that she was unable to comment further on the matter.

Carter indicated that she will comment after the meeting on Wednesday.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Mda allegedly also described homosexuals as “disgusting”.

The newspaper reported that Mda’s leadership has been called to question, saying that a provincial leader of Cope in the Eastern Cape has also written to the party’s secretary, Charlotte Lobe, attacking Mda’s leadership.

Cope has, in recent months, been tangled in internal squabbles.

The squabbles revolve around leadership within the party.

Recently the party’s deputy president, Lynda Odendaal resigned and internal leadership squabbles were cited as alleged reasons by party insiders.

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