Cope court battle returns to court
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.