Lekota to testify in Cope leadership case

2013-07-09 09:05
Mosiuoa Lekota (Picture: Sapa)

Mosiuoa Lekota (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota is expected to testify in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday in the continuing battle over the party's leadership.

In February 2011 Lekota obtained an interim court order recognising him as president of the party and restraining ousted leader Mbhazima Shilowa from claiming the title of party leader.

On 8 February that year Lekota expelled Shilowa from the party after an internal disciplinary hearing. Shilowa refused to participate. He was found guilty of mismanaging the party's parliamentary funds.

On18 July 2012, the North Gauteng High Court struck an application by a faction of Cope aligned to Shilowa off the roll.

Not urgent

The application was to stop further disciplinary hearings against Cope members pending the outcome of the Shilowa-Lekota leadership dispute.

Judge Ronel Tolmay ruled that the application by five leaders of the Congress of the People in Gauteng and Limpopo was not urgent.

The application was brought by caucus leader Ndzipho Kalipa, whip Moses Mayekiso and Clara Sodlulashe-Motau, all of the Gauteng legislature; and Solly Mokhatshoa and Mabule Motubatse of the Limpopo legislature.

Lekota opposed the application, saying it was not urgent. Cope would become ungovernable if the party could not discipline its members, he said.

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