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Cope faction expels 7 members

2011-03-19 18:01

Johannesburg - A faction in the Congress of the People, aligned to party president Mosiuoa Lekota, said on Saturday it had expelled seven of its senior members for bringing the party into disrepute.

Cope MP Phillip Dexter said the decision to immediately expel Mluleki George, Nikiwe Num, Zale Madonsela, Ebrahim Sawant, Archie Ralo, Sam Kwelitha, Mbulelo Ncedane, Mampi Ramotsamai-Kotsi and Clara Motau was made by the party's congress national committee (CNC) in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"Among the charges they were found guilty of were - bringing the party into disrepute, holding an unconstitutional gathering of some individuals and attempting to pass this off as a Cope meeting, impersonating the leadership of the party and interfering in the accreditation process of the congress," Dexter said.

He said the CNC agreed that these "serious charges" warranted such action.

Dexter said the parliamentary seat left vacant after the expulsion of Cope deputy leader Mbhazima Shilowa would be filled by Graham McIntosh, "an experienced politician who has served as an MP before".

The meeting also resolved to recover the funds spent on legal cases from those who have been ordered to pay these to the party by the court, he said.

'Sham'

Lekota's faction expelled Shilowa from the party in February for serious misconduct and financial improprieties.

Shilowa has consistently denied his guilt and refused to participate in the disciplinary hearings.

A statement from the Shilowa faction said the "so-called" expulsions were a sham and that its leaders were the legitimate leaders of the organisation.

The matter, it said would be heard by the Western Cape High court on Tuesday.

"The purported expulsion is a contemptuous attempt to subvert the court matter that was brought by the leaders Lekota claims to have expelled," the statement said.

"We will resist the attempt by Lekota to postpone the resolution of leadership dispute indefinitely," the statement said.

Comments
  • Jayjay001 - 2011-03-19 18:21

    COPE - A bunch of angry Xhosa men who don't like a Zulu president?! Tribalism at it's simplest? I wish we had a true opposition away from the middle class DA or Tribalist COPE, which truly stood for non racism (unlike the ANC) and was actually Socialist to uplift our poorest (unlike the ANC Capitalists who have done NOTHING to turn this country into being more socialist and uplifting the lives of our poorest and forgotten peoples of South Africa.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-19 18:26

      Oh, and by Socialism I don't mean Communism (as the Apartheid brigade wanna believe), nor do i mean the Socialism seen in Venezuela. Rather as seen in every first world country. As seen in Botswana who Anglo American have given a 51% share of their wealth to, and whose government in turn spends 21% of their budget on education, to see Botswana as Africa's most successful state, where poverty is SEVERELY lowered and where everyone is given a fair chance towards their personal success.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-19 18:30

      Furthermore, when will the middle classes realise that a little money spent on Socialism goes a long way in combating crime. Seems as if our minorities are more at the crime game than ever before as the racist ANC only gives to their own. Got to Norway and Sweden to see ultra successful Socialist states which allow enough Capitalist competitiveness with enough money spent on uplifting the poorest from having to resort to desperate measures. Before all the Apartheid hardliners wanna argue, check the facts out re Norway and Sweden.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-19 22:23

      No No not angry Xhosa's, dont make it a tribal thing. They just an incompetant bunch of fellows that will make NO impact in the coming elections.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-19 22:28

      Jayjay I have been to Bots and let me tell you I have seen some really poor people there and some serously rich there.

      Zuks - 2011-03-20 09:00

      Jayjay your theory is fundamentally wrong. Both Mbazima Shilowa and Mosiuoa Lekota are not Xhosa's, and they will never be Xhosa's even if they wanted to. Where do you get that they are bunch of Xhosa's who hate Zulu's. Get your facts right before you bubble off...

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-20 12:32

      @ kaapie - not forgetting that Botswana like South Africa has huge amounts of immigrants - such as Zimbabweans, who would be the poor poor people. Also, this is Africa, not some rich rich continent, I wasn't saying Botswana is Switzerland. The fundamental facts remain, please type in Botswana economy and Botswana education and see for yourself TONS of world research reports on Botswana.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-20 12:37

      Zuks - the QUESTION I wrote above is based more on public opinion than on any concrete facts, I would not wish to spend my time researching into COPE meetings and what they say about various ethnicities. theer are far more reasons not to vote for COPE. My debate was merely by how limited, colour clouded and class divided (meaning who has money and who hasn't) our political parties are.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-21 14:13

      Jayjay .. The ANC is definitely not Capatalist and all . They are communist / socialist . Where do you live broe ? Millions of people with the name "Grant" , free housing , water , electricity , education , medical . Nationalising of other peoples mines , giving workers rights over entrepeneurs etc...... This fella is Socialism / communism .Capitalists would let the country have a chance to flourish ! Not so in SA broe !

  • closedeye - 2011-03-19 18:22

    Cope is a waste of time, I am sorry I voted for you

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-19 19:22

      We told you so

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-03-19 20:16

    Other political parties are busy campaigning for the forthcoming local govt elections, COPE is busy fighting it out in a court of law. Who in their right mind will waste time and energy and go the polling station to vote for a non -existent party like this one? If it is true that Mr Shilowa is a spy working to destroy the credibility of COPE, I must say he has done a good job! That political party is now finished. Lekota should go and live on a farm, if he did manage to buy himself one during his tenure as a minister in govt.

  • iambradlee - 2011-03-20 07:58

    Two bulls in one Kraal, never works....

  • Zeus - 2011-03-20 11:40

    What about the other tribalists and black african elite??

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 14:07

    Shilowa .... Lakota ... These couldn't possibly be ANC comrades could they .

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-21 14:17

    Jayjay .. The ANC is definitely not Capatalist and all . They are communist / socialist . Where do you live broe ? Millions of people with the name "Grant" , free housing , water , electricity , education , medical . Nationalising of other peoples mines , giving workers rights over entrepeneurs etc...... This fella is Socialism / communism .Capitalists would let the country have a chance to flourish ! Not so in SA broe !

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