Phillip Dexter resigns from Cope to reunite with ANC

2012-01-04 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Phillip Dexter, former chief spokesperson for Cope, resigned from the party yesterday to rejoin the ANC.

Dexter, who left the ANC three years ago to join Cope, said he had made an honest but big mistake at the time.

At a media conference yesterday Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman described Dexter as the Western Cape’s gift for the ANC’s centenary, which will be celebrated in Bloemfontei­n this coming weekend.

“The birthday cake will taste just that much sweeter now that a gift has been added,” Fransman grinned.

He predicted that Cope will be swallowed up by the DA and that many Cope members would join the ANC.

Dexter’s decision was not unexpec­ted for political observers.

Early last year he compiled a document containing grievances about Cope and in the past year or so it has been said he is moving very close to the ANC in the Western Cape.

Dexter said yesterday that he has not been promised any political or diplomatic post and that he is returning to the ANC because it is the only organisation representing all South Africans’ interests.

He said Cope was formed with good intentions, but has degenerated into chaotic bickering full of mismanagement and corruption.

“It made me realise that the problems in the ANC are found in all political parties and can be overcome,” said Dexter, who apologised to all ANC members towards whom he has acted in an insulting way over the past three years.

He also thanked the ANC for welcoming him back into the organisation.

Regarding his outspoken criticism of the ANC, for example that the organisation was focusing on the economic empowerment of President Jacob Zuma’s family, Dexter said he stands by his words, but will in future raise such issues from within the ANC.

Reacting to Dexter’s announcement, Cope acting secretary-general Deidre Carter commented that it was a loss for Cope, but that South Africa is a democratic country.

“Cope is not a prison, and people will come and go. Cope will continue with its task of protecting the Constitution, including the right to freedom of political association,” she said.

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