Shilowa: I won't ever go back to ANC

2011-05-17 14:01
Johannesburg - Congress of the People co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa on Tuesday denied rumours that he was planning to leave the party and rejoin the ANC.

"I will never, ever... go back to the African National Congress as long as I live," he told reporters in Johannesburg on the eve of the local government elections.

He claimed the rumours and a report on SABC were started by Cope co-founder Mosiuoa Lekota. He said he would also not vote on Wednesday, calling the candidate list submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission "fraudulent".

This was however not a call for Cope supporters to boycott the election.

Shilowa was a co-founder of Cope after leaving the ANC in the wake of former president Thabo Mbeki's resignation. He was also a premier of Gauteng.

He resigned as premier and from the ANC in 2008 with former ANC chairperson Lekota and deputy defence minister Mluleki George.

Lekota called the split a divorce. The party has been unable agree on who its president is.

Asked for clarity over his position, Shilowa said he was expelled as deputy president in February. A court interdict bans him from calling himself president.

He said Lekota had no mandate to act for the party and that the "legal leadership" of Cope had decided rather to isolate Lekota.

- SAPA
Read more on:    cope  |  anc  |  mbhazima shilowa  |  mosiuoa le­kota  |  politics  |  elections
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

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
75 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
--%>
/News
My News Header

Loyalties 'not cast in stone'

Kalim Rajab 28 comments | 106 views |

The dark last days of apartheid are a thing of the past - and community loyalties, as the Indian and coloured communities show, are not cast in stone, writes News24 User Kalim Rajab.

More from users
More Comments
How well did your party fare in the 2011 Local Government Elections? View our interactive map for results from across the country.
 

'DA is the new UDF'

2011-05-25 10:36

The DA is the new UDF. We are the most non-racial party South Africa has ever had, says Helen Zille in a letter to Ferial Haffajee.

 
VIDEO: Voting in Gugulethu 2011-05-18 16:34
The Cape Flats, expected to be one of the country's hotly-contested areas before the elections, has proved to be one of the most laid-back on the day.
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.