Cope elective conference in December

2010-11-01 14:22
Johannesburg - The Congress of the People will hold its first elective congress in December, its congress national committee (CNC) decided over the weekend.

Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter on Monday said the party was "nowhere near ready" to democratically elect its first president.

"Only four provinces [have] been audited so far... we are nowhere near ready to go to congress," he said.

Chaos

The fledgling party was plunged into chaos shortly after the national election last year, with the battle for power between its president Mosiuoa Lekota and his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa reaching boiling point.

The party aborted an attempt to elect new leadership in May this year when Lekota obtained a court interdict to halt proceedings. The court ordered the party to stop the congress and reconvene it in four months - a time period stipulated by Lekota. Dexter said a "waiver" was signed in the event that the party needed more time to elect new leadership.

The Sowetan on Monday reported that the Shilowa-aligned faction agreed to call off its elective conference scheduled for November 5 in the Free State.

Shilowa told the paper that his followers agreed to a postponement of the gathering to "avert a split" in the party which broke away from the ANC in 2008.

However, the report said, Shilowa was outnumbered at the CNC meeting by Lekota supporters who wanted the elective conference postponed.

The party's Eastern Cape chapter also over the weekend resolved that the national congress scheduled for November 5 had to go ahead, going against the decision taken by the CNC.

Suspensions


Dexter said the CNC did not have time to conclude discussions on the suspension of Shilowa, Mluleki George, and administrative whip Lolo Mashiane.

The matter was referred to the congress working committee to process the charges against the three.

Shilowa was removed as Cope's chief whip in Parliament and Mashiane as that party's administrative whip.

The party cited questions over an audit of the party's financial concerns for the Shilowa suspension.

Mashiane was suspended because she allegedly refused to co-operate with accounting firm KPMG for an audit.

Dexter said Shilowa and George were suspended from their positions of leadership in the party amid allegations that they made statements that had brought the party into disrepute.

This included a statement over the holding of a national conference in the Free State in November.

Shilowa could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

- SAPA
Read more on:    cope  |  mbhazima shilowa  |  mosiuoa lekota  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.