Cope court battle returns to court

2011-08-22 10:20

Johannesburg - The protracted battle for leadership of ANC breakaway party the Congress of the People (Cope) returns to the South Gauteng High Court on Monday.

Co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa will be challenging Mosiuoa Lekota's attempt to have himself declared president of the party.

The two were part of a group of disgruntled ANC members who broke away from the party following the exit of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Since then, Cope has had difficulty deciding who its president should be.

This has culminated in what has been described as the Lekota and Shilowa "factions", with abortive attempts at elective conferences and little progress towards unity.

In February, Lekota secured an interim court interdict declaring that Shilowa not call himself the party's president or a member of Cope.

Shilowa has been ousted from the party, according to the Lekota "faction".

The party was launched on December 16 2008, and for the 2009 national elections it controversially selected as its presidential candidate former Methodist bishop Mvume Dandala, instead of Lekota or Shilowa.

  • saabnut - 2011-08-22 10:24

    Ag shame man- looks like the gravy is running low...

  • willieman - 2011-08-22 10:43

    Disband the whole thing or Shilowa and Mosiuoa should resign and be ordinary members

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-08-22 10:59

    Its cold outside ANC. Ek is klaar.

      nsivulo - 2011-08-22 17:25

      Polokatoki..once you live the group of gangsta's and you go for rehabilitation for some days or so, you will feel like it's cold outside the gangstarism but at the end of the day you won't be a member of the when you divorce ANC you will feel like leaving gangstarism but at the end of the day you left the organisation of criminals.

  • Grant - 2011-08-22 11:02

    As long as these two continue to fight, Cope will remain a non-starter. They both should go.

  • Bankai - 2011-08-22 11:12

    Cope can't cope. Like I said before Cope is the ANC that failed under Mbeki's regime looking to revive its position in the eyes of South African. Well they must just join forces with DA or UDM

  • mabhulanyele - 2011-08-22 11:25

    MABHULANYILE For how long now.please for all those in COPE who are not coping go back the way,its not late.

  • YES - 2011-08-22 12:02

    This is one party that runs its affairs through court. It is therefore not far fetched to say the court is the highest decision making body for Cope.

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  • legens - 2011-08-22 12:51

    Because Sam can`t find a job , he must try and keep his old one. and with no CCMA to help him , he has to waste the time of the High Courts to achieve this. These politicians makes one sick. useless the whole lot of them

  • vusi22 - 2011-08-22 14:16

    this is a circus

  • siviweviddosngcobondwana - 2011-08-22 15:06

    Lekota and Shilowa misled all and sundry when they protrayed themselves as the defenders of demacracy, only to find out that they are just other pwer hungry (is my turn to eat) dinasours.

  • george60 - 2011-08-22 17:54

    I thought here is our saviour, now Cope still cannot Cope? This is Africa my man once in power and sploit by money they will stay until death do us part.

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