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Cope delegates storm youth festival

2010-12-17 11:00

Pretoria - Delegates from the embattled Congress of the People's conference descended on the 17th World Youth Festival in Pretoria on Friday attempting to hold their own conference there.

Hundreds of Cope delegates in their bright yellow party t-shirts swooped on the Tshwane show grounds for the "secondary conference".

Police spokesperson Captain Louise Reed confirmed the incident saying the youth festival organisers had booked the venue but the Cope members then attempted to use part of the facility.

"A scuffle broke out but it has been sorted out and the Cope delegates have left the scene," said Reed.

A number of buses were seen leaving the scene by mid-morning transporting the Cope delegates away from the show grounds.

Comments
  • Treborani - 2010-12-17 11:08

    EISH..... only in Africa...

      Max - 2010-12-17 11:22

      ....only with the confused people (COPE). Not Africa

      Freakfloyd - 2010-12-17 11:37

      Shame they went hoping to get some Kentucky

  • Elli - 2010-12-17 11:22

    Reminds me of a New York Times article about South Africa, calling us a "Rogue Democracy". Under the thin veil/pretence of being a democractic state, we are in fact a banana republic.

      Pongola - 2010-12-17 14:56

      @Elli, your inaccurate reference to the NY Times would fit well in a banana republic. The newspaper did not call SA a rogue democracy. The only time that term was used in the NY Times in relation to SA was in a 2008 article reporting Mbeki's criticism of those who called SA a rogue democracy. Get your facts straight. Don't distort them to support your personal ideology.

      Afrikaner100 - 2010-12-17 18:41

      @ Pongola.....Blah blah blah!!!!

      Zanu - 2010-12-19 23:53

      very sad that 69 million has been spent on terrorist organisations from the middle east & north africa rather then building schools in SA. the ANC has gone mad... they seem to think money is everywhere. pathetic. we are a bannana republic!

  • dictator - 2010-12-17 11:22

    They can't even organise their own bloody space!Once they hear party the brain shuts down to a new low level!Useless...

      Francois B - 2010-12-17 18:36

      Maybe they just wanted to have a taste of that R69 000 000 party that was hosted around the corner?

  • Boikanyo - 2010-12-17 11:25

    Poor Cope...it is soooo D.E.A.D!!!!!!

  • delelani - 2010-12-17 11:33

    Frustration!!

  • MasterMind - 2010-12-17 11:37

    I thought all parties were allowed at this farce - just goes to show, this is a useless ANC show with useless organisers, useless speakers and just plain everything useless - waste of oxygen p3kkies!!!!! This is taxpayers funded ANCYL_PF propaganda machine - and it is broken at that !!!!!

  • Nice Guy - 2010-12-17 11:40

    They must have thought this is democracy?

  • emmamimie - 2010-12-17 11:50

    Well why could'nt they. The government has used so much money for theis youth festival and the youth are not even interested.

  • Cope - 2010-12-17 11:52

    This wasnt Cope delegates but Lekota followers who ran away from their own congress to avoid and election and walked straight into the YL

      Mushwana - 2010-12-17 12:06

      lol, i thought Lekota followers are Cope members.

      Kaz - 2010-12-17 15:35

      So the mere fact that there was clear rules on who's allowed to attend and vote and that these stipulated rules where blatantly ignored by Shrek Shilowa and his followers has nothing to with it? I will quote the venue owner "It seems to me this other guy [Shilowa] started bussing in folks." Maybe COPE needs to find new leaders completely? Clearly these old people can't COPE any more and needs to be replaced. But then again, the problems with political jokes are that they usually get elected......

  • Optimist - 2010-12-17 11:58

    COPE mara....

  • Mushwana - 2010-12-17 12:04

    why don't they just COP(E)Y the venue somewhere and hold their conference? Cope!

  • toto.com - 2010-12-17 12:08

    poor cope is clinging to live by thread.

  • ILOVEME - 2010-12-17 12:08

    Shame they cannot cope lol

  • Mlu - 2010-12-17 12:11

    The night virgil is over is over now is the burial of "COPE" - "RIP"

  • not korupt - 2010-12-17 12:13

    Can someone explain to us ignorant people what we aim to achieve by hosting this YOUTH CONFERENCE. Why should taxpayers & LOTTO fund this? We as a country need to regroup & choosse what we do & where we spend our money, we are still a third world country & we should not try & emulate the first world nations by getting involved in these conferences that have no barring on our growing democracy.

      awwgee - 2010-12-17 15:29

      C'mon - how else are the kindergarten going to lay their hands on some Christmas pocket-money. Having a conference of this nature, allows their "leaders" to get lots of money, and then they have a wonderful excuse to "travel the world" in 2011 to "renew connections" - next year there will be an even more expensive conference (R300m) - "a better life for all" - I guess not - to hell with those that need houses and food and whatever else - let's hope that enough people will see the light in 2011 local elections and vote anything other than the anc!!!!

  • Faansie - 2010-12-17 12:17

    What other debakels may follow

  • jjhvan - 2010-12-17 12:23

    Give me COPE Joanna....

  • Disebo - 2010-12-17 12:51

    If they could hear me, they should just close shop and retire and start afresh in 2013 and join the others that are just sinking like them.

  • AlfredNeuman - 2010-12-17 13:00

    It's like a R69 million birthday party for a 5 year old with no adult supervision.

      sganja - 2010-12-17 13:57

      Hey Alfred you are scarce these days...hope you now like ANC.

      Zanu - 2010-12-19 23:57

      dont like ANC corruption!!! 69 million should be spent on our poor and infrustructure, not party for the youth!!

  • GTravel@24.com - 2010-12-17 13:00

    Seems like cope is now stooping to the same levels of the ANC. What a pity COPE can't cope.

  • Mushwana - 2010-12-17 14:24

    the reason why cope is failing is because it was formed for all the wrog reasons-power. since they all want to be bosses, everything is clear now. A Cope and a Cope fraction is on the way.

  • Hendrik - 2010-12-17 15:30

    yes, be afraid, very afraid with such a bunch of clowns!

  • Krush - 2010-12-17 17:27

    Cope...ANC...whats the diffrence? Give them enough rope and let's hope they hang themselves.

  • Jeff - 2010-12-17 17:29

    The fact of the matter is that the purpotedly elective conference was organised by two parties "Mbazima Confused Peaople - MCOPE"and Terror Confused People - TCOPE". After so many years of political education by the ANC they did not even copy how to manage a conference, worst of all trying to hold elective conference for two partoes at the same time was an insane approach. Listening Philiph Dexter on SAFM earlier on in an interview he was simply a spokesperson for Lekota and note Confused People "COPE", I wonder where are the Smuts, Mhlongo Brothers (Philiph and Siyandä), Mluleki Gs, and other crew to go public and preach of their successes. Word of advice, You are all most welcome to the party at a particular point you served, other than that you all will end up like the parties we all know "DIMINISH IN THE THIN AIR", COPE was not built on a stronger foundation it was a fight for positions by individuals who ended up misleading South Africans!!!!!

  • Francois B - 2010-12-17 18:35

    If I was an anarchist I would have also stormed that stupid waste of taxpayers money event. But COPE is actually even a bigger joke than these "anti - imperialist" youth brigade... A party with no credibility and a national joke storming a bunch of lazy idiotic "youths" is somewhat of the blind fighting the deaf.. Idiocracy in our current Cleptocracy...

      Arsenefaithful - 2010-12-19 17:22

      Support COPE. The only future against the ANC.

  • Altus - 2010-12-17 19:57

    hahaha dis een groot joke. 'n circus man!

  • Gelande St - 2010-12-17 20:01

    Africa will for ever be the joke of the world albeit, ANC, COPE, PAC, ZIM, IVORY COAST, OLD JULIUS etc. Shame the poor folks just aint got it !!

      christine - 2010-12-19 17:28

      You are so right--they couldnt disgrace themselves more , even if they tried --and to think that they dont even try , it just comes naturally---- its no wonder that the first world thinks africa is a joke-- well on a positive note thank god this is the end of cope--i have seen more intellengence at my kids kindergarten

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