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Cope seeks final order

2011-02-20 12:09

Johannesburg - The Congress of the People faction aligned to co-founder Mosiuoa Lekota is seeking a final court order enforcing the expulsion from the party of his rival for its presidency, fellow co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa.

Lekota's spokesperson Phillip Dexter said the sheriff of the High Court in Johannesburg served a summons on Shilowa on Friday morning.

Shilowa was barred from Parliament last week after an interim order granted by the high court in Johannesburg on February 11 interdicted him from misrepresenting himself and ordered him not to interfere with Cope's bankers.

It also prohibited him from preventing Lekota or his office bearers from carrying out their business at Cope's Johannesburg offices.

At the time, Shilowa's spokesperson indicated that his faction's Congress National Committee had instructed his legal team to challenge the order.

Challenge the order

"We have also instructed our attorneys to inform parliament and the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) of our intention to challenge the interim order," said Sipho Ngwema.

However, Dexter said on Sunday that it appeared Shilowa had "no real intention" to oppose his expulsion and allowed seven days to lapse without any action.

"In the event that he chooses to do so now, he will have to follow normal rules of court pertaining to the filing of opposing papers," he said.

Dexter said the Lekota faction's wanted the interim order made final to cap what he termed the Shilowa faction's "frolics" and to foil attempts to destabilise the party in the run-up to the local government elections.

The Lekota faction's Congress National Committee expelled Shilowa earlier in February for serious misconduct and financial improprieties.

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

The Lekota-aligned faction said that an internal disciplinary committee had found Shilowa guilty of wrongfully authorising the transfer of R5 million from the parliamentary allowance accounts to Cope party accounts, and of submitting the party's financial statements to Parliament knowing that they contained "material misrepresentations".

He was also found guilty of authorising a payment of over R2 million for purposes that were not legitimate or permissible.

Comments
  • VM1 - 2011-02-20 12:16

    going - going - gone for cope - wll die a very slow death until they go back to whre they came from. Ouch !!! what a sore existance

  • ? - 2011-02-20 12:43

    COPE must rid itself of any ANC agents aimed at causing havoc.

  • Priester - 2011-02-20 13:11

    I would rather vote for COPE than the ANC. The ANC is such an embarrassment similar to the AWB. The ANC and AWB are all a bunch of thugs with absolutely no respect for any human beings.

      matubeng - 2011-02-20 13:34

      You are right, After I read the Sunday newspaper about state mining company this morning I made a decision not to vote my party ANC. I can't imagine South Africans living like the people of Libya.

  • summerskye6 - 2011-02-20 16:52

    Now Cope can get with its good work under the leadership of Lekota, without having to deal with the anarchy, sabotage and mismanagement of that Shilowa character. Good news that he is banished out of Cope. He is bad news that man.

  • mgv4life - 2011-02-20 18:04

    ...and the circus goes on...

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-20 18:23

    And so there are two Congress National Committees. Shilowa should form a new party using the same four letters of COPE. I suggest PECO, which will stand for Peoples' Congress. And then another faction can also break from this and call itself something else that has to do with people and a congress...and the circus goes on!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-20 18:44

    And so there are two Congress National Committees. Shilowa should form a new party using the same four letters of COPE. I suggest PECO, which will stand for Peoples' Congress. And then another faction can also break from this and call itself something else that has to do with people and a congress...and the circus goes on!

  • the rock - 2011-02-21 11:21

    so Cope is run by courts? just asking mr dexter/duster.

  • SABELO SIKO - 2011-02-23 09:07

    COPE is in a STORMING STAGE of Work Team Development and the only way of passing that stages Conflict Resolution and thereafter go to the 3rd stage i.e. Norming Stage. I'm glad that this thing has gone to Court because as COPE Member who supports the ORGANIZATION not an INDIVIDUAL, currently I don't know the who is the Legitimate President and I think should have gone to Court long time ago. Answering the comment of (COURTS running COPE), I think it's a big mistake to say tha COPE is run by Courts because if we are unable to solve our problems regading Constitutional matters of the ORGANIZATION the Court will help us because the Constitution of the Republic is Supreme and any ACT or Constitution of the Organization that is inconsistence with the Constitution of the REPUBLIC is NULL AND VOID. Moreover as COPE we are showing the trust that we have to our Courts, not fogetting that one the reasons that COPE was formed was to protect the INSTITUTIONS of DEMOCRACY which were undermined by the Rulling party. PLEASE MEMBERS AND SOUTH AFRICANS STOP SUPPORTING AN INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT THE ORGANIZATION BECAUSE IT IS BIGGER THAN EVERYONE EXCEPT GOD. FROM SABELO SIKO IN MIDDLEDRIFT

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