CAPE TOWN Sunny. Mild.

MIN14
MAX20
7 day
  • Wednesday 16-17°c Scattered showers. Afternoon clouds. Mild. Scattered showers. Afternoon clouds. Mild.
    Thursday 14-16°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Friday 13-16°c More sun than clouds. Cool. More sun than clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 13-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 13-16°c High level clouds. Cool. High level clouds. Cool.
    Monday 13-17°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Cope: ANC trying to mislead people

2014-04-30 21:16

Johannesburg - The African National Congress is trying to mislead people into thinking there was an exodus from the Congress of the People, the party said on Wednesday.

"There is a particular role that the governing party is playing," Cope deputy president Willy Madisha told reporters in Kempton Park, outside Johannesburg.

He said 19 Cope members who left the party last week, joined the ANC simply because they wanted jobs.

"They want jobs...that is why they left Cope. Those people were not on our election list".

The ANC has said there was an exodus from Cope.

"The resignation of 80% of the Cope caucus is reflective of the malaise that beset the party from inception and its failure to practise democracy, thus relying on courts to determine leadership," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in a statement.

"The ANC welcomes the former Cope members who will be campaigning for the movement as this is their natural political home."

Madisha said the ANC was parading people who had left Cope on television "to give people an impression that Cope was falling apart".

"Those people are being paraded over and over at several ANC election campaigns to mislead people," said Madisha.

Cope spokesperson Kgaugelo Moxwale said Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa had tried to persuade him to join the ANC.

"Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said people like me were wasting time in a dying party, I should join the ANC and be properly rewarded," said Moxwale.

Cope national spokesperson Johann Abrie said on Monday that most of the 19 were "unemployable outside politics".

"They were very, very happy to collect huge salaries based on their association to Cope and waited until the last week to change... that speaks volumes about the character of those people."

Cope is a breakaway party, formed when former president Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign in a power struggle with Jacob Zuma as head of the ruling ANC.


Download the app by visiting one of these stores.

  
- SAPA
Read more on: cope  |  anc  |  thabo mbeki  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
Media taking side of the oppressor – Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema says the media unfairly project his party as violent, while the ANC is "the most violent party".

EFF candidates must be 'hard working community people' - Malema

The EFF will select its candidates for the local government elections based on their work ethic, party leader Julius Malema says.

Malema wades into Zuma

EFF leader Julius Malema has used a speech in KZN to lambast a "selfish" President Jacob Zuma as well as "immature and backward people" in the province "who do not know what democracy is".

DA to lodge complaint against SABC over election ad

The DA is lodging a complaint with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa after the SABC allegedly refused to flight one of its elections advertisements.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
33 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |