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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.

Comments
  • Bluemas - 2011-05-17 14:01

    COnfusion of the PEople

      Hlabirwa - 2011-05-17 14:15

      What political party does he belong to?

      Zanu - 2011-05-17 16:17

      You want toll gates? (after the election SURPRISE) You want unemployment to increase? You want corruption? You want nepotism? You want civil war (where Malema is leading us all) You want more factories to close? You want more red tape for business? You want foreign investors to run away from our shores? You want more crime? You want less education? (To keep the population uneducated so they continue to vote the same way) Than vote ANC!! and see this beautiful nation become another statistic on this vast continent. As Obama said, "its Time for Change" Absolute power corrupts absolutely - ANC is absolutely corrupt now! Vote for anyone except for the ANC, our democracy is in need of a strong opposition... any opposition!

  • kolobe - 2011-05-17 14:10

    at the moment Mbhazima Shilowa is the only person that can come up with a credible opposition

      Ntfutfuko - 2011-05-17 14:20

      It's irresponsible of him to say in public that he will not vote on Wednesday, rather he should have kept that to himself.

      Felix - 2011-05-17 14:21

      I wonder if he would join the DA?

      djmilano.26 - 2011-05-17 14:27

      Tell me you are joking or is he your father ?

      Dr Filemon - 2011-05-17 15:37

      HaHa, Kolobe, come Thursday the aNc will be the opposition - an uncredible opposition like they are an uncredible ruling party at the moment

      zaatheist - 2011-05-17 15:37

      Would be a good thing if he joined the DA - just needs to watch the ego.

      African'shtr - 2011-05-17 15:57

      kolobe we know that you selling your back middle centre for money to ANC MP's so we not surprise for that coment from you

  • HueyPNewton - 2011-05-17 14:23

    It's cold outside the ANC. Shilowa has no choice but to go back. He can't live on his wife's salary forever.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:52

      He gets a state pension, so is well able to support himself

  • troybee - 2011-05-17 14:24

    we don't need u too...ANC is doing just fine without him. we don't want him to bring segregation to ANC like he did with COPE...HELL NO

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:53

      The anc are doing a good enough job of segregating themselves. Hell with zuma and malema who needs enemies?

  • Mchana - 2011-05-17 14:24

    just come back home Shilowa, stop pretending as if you don't want.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:53

      Not pretending, dead serious!

  • objective1 - 2011-05-17 14:25

    Proof the even black people don't like the ANC for all those out there who assert that all black people support the ANC. I am a freedom fighter.. I fight to free the land of my ancestors from the grip of the ruling ANC as it destroys the country. If you are South African and call you self a freedom fighter then you oppose the ANC.

      djmilano.26 - 2011-05-17 14:29

      Nah Objective i think ANC`s meaning of freedom is better than your meaning of freedom........LOL

      objective1 - 2011-05-17 14:40

      true... their freedom involves free cars, houses, expensive trips good jobs and no work... for them.. (the anc fat cats)

      Black Thought - 2011-05-17 16:10

      Thank you Objective1, your comments are sober. i really admire your way of thinking and im glad to know there are people put there who share the same line of thinking as me. I say lets Egyptilise and tunisialise this damn country because thats what we need, The People Shall Govern not the comrades. Voting is a lazy process, we need more social cohesive system were the people are more active and involved in governance not this lazy system called democracy voting every 4 yeasr expecting things to change its pure laziness

      objective1 - 2011-05-17 16:21

      people fought so hard for the freedom they have to have it crumpled in their faces.. They say, power does not change it only shifts. Now the ANC sit in the power seat and enslave their own people. Got to take the power back.

  • Mad man - 2011-05-17 14:26

    ANC is not a dumping ground - we don`t need you, Political Rubbish. Follow black traitors like you and join the stink DA. Idiot

      objective1 - 2011-05-17 14:30

      hahahahah don't feel ashamed that yet another of the millions of people recognized that the ANC is crap. So crap they can't even build a crapper.

      Blougroen - 2011-05-17 15:49

      No no - the ANC won the toilet count . . .

      objective1 - 2011-05-17 16:02

      this is the fist time they won anything. they competently incompetently build the most most sh1tty crappers in the country.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:56

      Anc is not a dumping ground? Bwaaaaaah Didn't the anc just welcome trueman prince with open arms. A rapist! Oh sorry, forgot the head of the anc knows a rapist when he sees one!

  • Aldawaimeh - 2011-05-17 14:26

    Lol its as if ANC will welcome you with a party..Shame on you saying you will not vote,thats a selfish attitude and dumb move,only telling you looking for your own intrests.

  • Barry - 2011-05-17 14:27

    Who cares ?

  • Nawe - 2011-05-17 14:27

    Mbeki must do the country a favour & just join COPE. We need a strong opposition

      Ntfutfuko - 2011-05-17 16:04

      Really? Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka resigned, why?

      edvermaak - 2011-05-17 18:30

      The country does have a strong opposition... DA

  • Zennie - 2011-05-17 14:32

    I agree with you.Dont make that mistake again.You belong to Cope and I'm sure someday you'll be there again.Mistakes happen.

  • tigertank - 2011-05-17 14:33

    I have no idea what is happening in Cope. Does anyone???? All I can surmise is that they are essentially no different from the ANC. Correct me if I am wrong...but that seems to be the case.

      Jean - 2011-05-17 16:05

      It's actually sad that people don't know what's really happening in Cope. The media made out as if there was a "clash of personalities". It has NOTHING to do with personalities, but rather with principles. Two groups of people left the ANC in 2008 to form Cope: 1) Those that had fundamental differences with the racism, fraud & corruption in the ANC; and 2) Those that realised they were out of favour with the new ANC leadership and could no longer ride that gravy train. What has happened over the last 18 months is that Cope had to get rid of Shilowa and cronies that fell in the 2nd group. If they want to be a true alternative to the ANC & not be the same (ie. criminals), they can't afford to have corrupt people like Shilowa in their camp. In essence, it was like a cancer patient needing to undergo chemotherapy; even though the treatment damn near kills them, it's the only hope if they are to build a healthy organisation. A look at the Shilowa-camp that have already gone back to the ANC shows that it is hardly a line-up of "stand-out citizens" that fell in his camp... In fact, it is the usual suspects in shady business deals, corruption, nepotism ect ect. Cope should be commended for being brave enough to kick these parasites out & address the issues!

  • Muzi - 2011-05-17 14:35

    The headline should have been "The ANC will never let me join them again, i am f@(ked". Go to da mate....

      Roundana - 2011-05-17 16:40

      up he goes....

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:58

      The headline should have been "The anc will never let me join them again because I am not corrupt enough".

      Cayllex - 2011-06-08 18:55

      @Gizzy u talkng nonsense..

  • boxer1266 - 2011-05-17 14:42

    COPE leaders just crawl under a rock somewhere and stay there. Your are an embarrassment to your followers and to the rest of the country. COPE supporters make your vote count. Put it where it will help to create a viable opposition for the ruling party!

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-17 14:43

    "AMANDLA"!!!! GOOD AFTERNOON PEOPL. GUESS I'LL START BY ASKING IF WHETHER MAYBE IS IT LIKELY TO HAPPEN THAT A GROWN MAN LIKE "BABA MBAZIMA" BE CONFUSED HIMSELF SUCH THAT HE CAN TRY WORKING AGAINST THE CHANGE (COPE). MR HONOURABLE COMRADE, PLEASE STOP EVRYTHING OR STOP SAYING A THING THAT WILL INCLUDE THE WORD OR PHRASE "COPE". YOU HAD A CHANCE TO BE THE PART OF THE CHANGE BUT YOU WAISTED IT. SO CAN YOU PLEASE STAY QUIET. WE'R NOT INTERESTED WHETHER YOU WANNA GO BACK TO ANC OR WHAT. SO SOTP CONFUSING PEOPLE.......UP TERROR LIKOTA......DOWN THE SO CALLED OPPORTUNISTS WHO CAME TO JOIN COPE FOR THEIR OWN BENEFITS. WE WILL CONTINUIE TO SPREAD DELIVER TO THOSE WHO NEED THE REALL CHANGE EVEN AFTER THE ELECTIONS.....LONG LIVE "COPE" LONG LIVE......LET'S GO AND VOTE TOMMORROW....VIVA COPE.

      Barry - 2011-05-17 14:50

      I was wondering if you know how to make the x on the ballot paper You should not be allowed to vote with putrit spelling mistakes like yours Please use caps lock

      Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-17 15:01

      Lol Barry you so funny my man I can see. But you know! The sh*t you saying here doesn’t make any difference. I’m glad now that you can see what I’m saying then make use of it and stop wasting your time muster mind.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 17:59

      Turn Caps Lock off!!!!

  • Mamaile - 2011-05-17 14:44

    ''shame''' sepoko se segolo sa Badimo le Modimo se ba swere. Modimo ga a ba kwele bohloko. ngoana oa phosa dira ga bolawe....

      Tshepho - 2011-05-17 15:45

      cde mamaile well said Amandla ANC Viva

      Zanu - 2011-05-17 16:33

      Wake up my brother the ANC of Madiba is dead... its all about $$$$ now! We need Jobs ASAP, and the Union & ANC can not deliver jobs. I work in the Metal Industry... in 1994 there were 1,4 million workers in the metal industry... today 400 thousand! Investors have run away, local entrepreneurs are scared of BEE AA and other Red tape to invest, horrible corrupt bad management at Eskom has killed the Paper, Plastic & aluminium industries (not to mention my bill). Who cares about politicians when we have no Jobs! Enough is Enough - I don’t care about the struggle no more, cause every day is becoming a harder struggle to find a job. ANC did well to bring us to democracy its time we hand over the reign to someone who knows about business and economics! Its time for Change

      BLACKMAMBA - 2011-05-17 16:56

      @zanu,what did mandela do that was so profound except to sell us out? pls read a bit

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:02

      You can't use the names Mandela and Zuma in the same sentence! The one was a peacemaker the other a peacebreaker. Don't insult Mandela's intellect by comparing him to a sheep herding buffoon!

  • sefeddt - 2011-05-17 14:44

    COPE has been beset with problems from word go, makes sense as they are disgruntled ANC members. The only party that has not had infighting like the ANC, SACP, COSATU, COPE, AZAPO, PAC, UDM etc is the DA. The ANC message going into the elections is vote for us now, well sort out our candidate mess after.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:03

      The pope will give birth before then!!!!

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-17 14:54

    Qui se soucie? Tu est un imbecile Vous gaspillé de l'argent à faire face Cope Aller au diable Bougre! Who cares? You idiot! You squandered Cope's money. Go to hell! You bugger!

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:03

      If he said he was going back to the anc your comment would have been???

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-17 15:23

    Shilowa knows very well where is his home,he can not deny the facts and truth he belongs to ANC and whether he deny that or not he will end up going back there, where there is smoke there is fire there is no rumour that can start from no where, some where some where information was heard and leaked to the media or to the people, what happened to their friend Sello Moloto? he went back to the ruling party in a different style as if he is going to represent the country as an ambassador to Mozambique on his return he will serve again some where in the high posts of the ruling party, so Lekota wont go back because he is a dictator he does not want to be ruled he want to rule that is why he ended up forming Cope with anger and then also that party became angry too, fightings every day in it whereby even some members went back to the ruling party, Cope wont get a single vote from members of the defence force as they know him very well and his style of rule,he is a personal ruler no one can ask or tell him his word is final. While were in DRC he visited there and there was some question asked to him as a minister to know problems soldiers have, instead he answered by telling soldiers he came with a flight and has a lot of space so any one who want to go home must pack his staff and go back with him to South Africa and on arrival give in his or her resignation because there are lot of people who want job and can hire another, so that showed clearly what kind of a leader he is.

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:04

      Nobody belongs to the ANC! What a stupid comment!

  • Phumzile - 2011-05-17 15:27

    Who cares about you??????????You want greener field nothing else. Go back to ANC we will privide you with a Job as CLEANER

  • Kevin - 2011-05-17 15:34

    You come vote for the DA and bugger shower head and his cronies

      Bluemas - 2011-05-17 15:45

      He is not white!

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:05

      bluefool, you'll be amazed how many non whites are going to vote DA! Sorry to burst your bubble!

  • Tshepho - 2011-05-17 15:40

    Lmao as if we wer gna welcome u bk,we dnt need a red soxd idiot lyk u in our party,the last tym I checked u cudn't even cum up with a campaign strategy,Parrafin is powerful bt dnt last 2 long,u wer nearly no:1 opposition party during the 2009 elections nw u won't even vote,and u col urself a leader!If u got nun to say zip ur trap mr hueva

      Roundana - 2011-05-17 16:46

      Viva ANC Vivaaaaaaaaa...

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:06

      Spellcheck is free! Use it!

  • Che - 2011-05-17 15:44

    u gotta give it to Striking Sam! at least, he's principled in his confusion. apart from propaganda value, i don't see whatelse he has to offer the ANC.

  • iniesta.ngoetjana - 2011-05-17 15:49

    We dont need moron lyk u. We(ANC) r doing well without u.Ugly Shilowa

  • HueyPNewton - 2011-05-17 15:49

    How does a beautiful, well-educated, smart and wealthy woman like Wendy Luhabe fall for a loser like Mbhazima Shilowa?? I mean the guy doesn't even have Standard 3 for heaven's sake. His highest achievement outside of politics was being a Security Guard. I'm sure Wendy regrets marrying this guy by now. She needs to kick him out and tell him to find a job. What kind of man lives on his wife's salary??

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:08

      He has a better education than zuma and he had a better job than zuma the sheep herder! He gets a state pension so is well able to support himself!

  • African'shtr - 2011-05-17 15:55

    please mr ugly do us a favour as COPE loyalist who are commited to bring a change and hope for the poor people, leave us in peace and go a join your people, we know that your wife is in ANC's pay roll. so leave, your agend is not gona work COPE is here to make a change amandla ngawabantu ( power is for the people, matla ke a batho)

  • mavo - 2011-05-17 16:13

    he will not join the DA coz he wants to be a president. DA will have a black president when pigs fly.

      Barry - 2011-05-17 16:34

      @ mavo We the DA DO NOT WANT Him in our party. He will quickly try to hijack it and take the reigns. Let Him stay without a political home. Serves Him right

      gizzy - 2011-05-17 18:10

      Nah! the DA are happy with the folks they have. Sorry mavo the only home for him is the anc. He wants POWER and that is what the anc dishes out.

  • Monica - 2011-05-18 13:42

    Good for you; why do you not stand with the DA and wipe out the ANC!

      Cayllex - 2011-06-08 18:57

      Dats not gonna happen..watch him!

  • Cayllex - 2011-06-08 18:50

    Then if he doesnt go back to ANC where z he gonna go..DA??Nah I doubt unless he z lost his mind!!!

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