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Cope leadership tussle continues

2011-08-23 10:41

Johannesburg - Congress of the People co-founders Mbhazima Shilowa and Mosiuoa Lekota will continue their dispute over the party's leadership in an application in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

In February, Lekota secured an interdict from the court preventing Shilowa from calling himself the president or a member of the party.

This, in effect, stopped him from participating in the party's politics.

The two were part of a group of co-founders of the party who left the ruling African National Congress in 2008 because they felt it had lost sight of its core values.

They made the move after former president Thabo Mbeki stepped down, having lost the presidency of the ANC to Jacob Zuma in Polokwane the previous year.

Cope has since then been unable to agree on who is its president.

The Shilowa and Lekota "factions" each claim to be the legitimate representatives of those who voted for the party in the 2009 national election.

Former Methodist bishop Mvume Dandala was Cope's presidential candidate ahead of that election, but later resigned as its leader in Parliament.

Shilowa left his job as a premier of Gauteng and Lekota left the post of defence minister when they made their breakaway.

Lekota was not present in court on Monday, when the matter was supposed to have been heard.

The case was postponed until Tuesday to give lawyers time to prepare after Lekota's main counsel fell ill.

Comments
  • onmyway - 2011-08-23 10:48

    I've got an idea; why not start two new parties out of COPE? It wont be a big loss in SA politics or government. I believe the only reason why they are disputing the presidency of COPE, is only as the president of the party would earn more...

      saabnut - 2011-08-23 10:51

      The gravy must be running very low- what do you want to bet someone goes running back to the ANC...

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 11:08

      Mr. Lekota do an honourable thing and go join Helen Zille and Mr. Sam Shilowa come back home comrade, the ANC is the only true home for you.

      saabnut - 2011-08-23 11:30

      @ ANCYL4PRES: I'd suggest you take them both back- they're BOTH opportunistic trough pigs.

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 11:32

      @Saabnut....We don't want Lekota.

      roboman1 - 2011-08-23 11:45

      @ANCYL4Pres, you are unkowningly and unwittingly correct in your allocation of resources between the DA and the ANC, Mr. Shilowa has been the one under question in these court cases re the funds of COPE, has he plundered them illegally etc? Hence why your recommendation that he returns to the ANC makes so much sense, he would be amongst his brethren there, it is common for accountability to be ignored when funds are abused, misused and squandered, so yes, your comment is inadvertently quite intuitive and astute. Well done, may you go far in life Sir.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-23 11:59

      Who would ever be dumb enough to vote for a party that's permanently dogged down by in-fighting? Oh yeah, the 60+ percent who vote ANC... ai

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 12:46

      @ roboman1....We have been labled names and all, so it is time for us now to resemble exactly that...You will be gladly accepted back home Mr. Shilowa, Yes we are aware of you capabilities, making tax payers money dissapear, that alone is a skill and you have come to the right place, only challenge is competition is high..

  • Pictureof - 2011-08-23 10:48

    Two pigs fighting over the empty trough.

  • beicime - 2011-08-23 11:23

    From a promising beginning COPE has been damaged by a few "has been". We don't need strong man, we need are strong parties. Strong man "smell" like Assad, Gaddafi, Mubarak and all alike.

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-08-23 11:54

    If it was not for self motives not the aim to better the lives of the SOUTH AFRICANS, then why don't you agree the beating MR Shilowa? Please you've wasted a lot of your time fighting over nothing. The court proved to you that you're NO LONGER the part of the CONGRES OF THE PEOPLE several times. Then what is it that should be done? Hands off sir you've wasted enough time!!! Damn!!!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 12:01

    Why do we tolerate politicians?

      King Msendi - 2011-08-23 12:23

      Because we have no choice…

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-08-23 12:15

    They are still angry. What do you expect from the party formed out of anger and not policies. These days some leaders get the mandate from the courts, not from their members. Shame! It was said in 2008 this party was formed to safeguard democracy, yet members here can't even exercise the basic democratic right to vote. They sit with self-proclaimed leaders. This is a joke!

      King Msendi - 2011-08-23 12:27

      Cha Mbovu!!!… A joke is better because you can laugh at it to relieve stress. This is more than a disgrace.

  • ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 12:53

    In South Africa, it's all about aligning to your own pocket, should the DA given achance the same will happen, so It's better if Tax money is stolen by my relatives, in that case I benefit indirectly....imagine all ternders going to the van Tonder's, van Wyk's, Liebenburg's and terreblanche's of this world, It will not have a positive impact on me. so NOW you know why I still VOTE ANC.....LOL

  • I_Say - 2011-08-23 12:53

    Not sure who COPE is ? Does anyone know?

  • WoodworkPh.D - 2011-08-23 14:44

    Eish difficult to get these okes to let go of powa, if eva.

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