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Cope youth wants Lekota expelled

2010-12-18 14:03

Johannesburg - Congress of the People party leader Mosiuoa Lekota should be expelled from Cope and can even start his own party, the party's youth division said on Saturday.

"The youth movement will call for the party to expel Lekota, Deidre Carter, Smuts Ngonyama, Phillip Dexter and Thozamile Botha for bringing the name of the party into disrepute," said national secretary Malusi Booi in a statement.

"We believe that Mr Lekota and his cohorts can go and form their organisation if they feel so because everyone joins an organisation voluntarily."

Booi's comments came as part of a stream of criticism about the party's recent attempt to hold an inaugural congress.

Cope's second attempt at holding an elective conference in 2010 was aborted after violence erupted between supporters of Lekota and his first deputy president, Mbhazima Shilowa.

The leadership battle between the two has seen the party embroiled in mud-slinging matches and political contests since the formation of the ANC breakaway group in 2008.

On Friday, Lekota admitted that the party's second attempt at an elective conference was a failure.

However Booi said that the youth division recognised that "the elective congress continued to adopt the constitution, refined and adopted policy discussions...and further elected a central national committee which is led by Mbhazima Shilowa".

Separate youth leadership

Booi said "Lekota has an illusion to think that the organisation is his fiefdom" and that he was not willing to subject himself to democratic processes.

Earlier this week, a statement from Cope's youth wing, but which listed different leadership, declared their support for Lekota, until the current leadership was dissolved at the party elective conference.

"As for now we support the president of the party," said Cope youth president Nqaba Bhanga at the time.

On Friday, Lekota told journalists in Johannesburg that the party would try again to hold a national elective congress at some stage in the future.

"The Congress of the People in its present state remains in place and the leadership continues its work and in the near future will go on to hold an authentic first national congress of the Congress of the People."

He said that the violence at the congress was started by some members of the congress' national committee and some members of parliament who "stormed" those who were being registered and "roughed" them up, shredding registration records.

"A general free-for-all exploded."

Lekota said that one of the resolutions going forward would be that the working committee would receive recommendations of members who should be expelled for participating in the disruptions and who put the party in "disrepute through assault of delegates".

Asked if Shilowa would be included in this list, Lekota replied that if he was found to be one of these people he would be recommended for expulsion.
 

Comments
  • Treborani - 2010-12-18 14:24

    Viva Circus of the people !

  • Sydney - 2010-12-18 15:38

    Just imagine, every time I have a fallout with my kids, they demand I vacate my house...Lekota, Smuts, Deidre, Phillip and Thozamile; are all founding members of the party. Cope Youth might as well demand a closing down of Cope, it is ludicrous and very undemocratic; looks like they are learning fast, from their ancyl, brainless counterparts. I was very disappointed at the way things turned out at Cope, the only party who promised a serious challenge, opposission and a real alternatively to the faultering anc; under the rickety leadership of zuma. What a pity, and what a wasted opportunity for SA!! I guess my X won't return from retirement yet....voting is history for me...

      Treborani - 2010-12-18 16:31

      The only good thing that COPE have achieved is to take votes from the ANC which in turn strenghtened the DA in the previous election.

      eMgazini - 2010-12-18 17:56

      There is no such thing as 'founding members' in a political party that wants to be democratic. Lekota and crew must not shy away from a democratic process, unless of course if they want to be like IFP and UDM or Zanu-PF. Viva democracy!

      jan.malherbe - 2010-12-18 18:37

      As a white "boertjie" I voted for Cope as a sulution ! Wasted vote !

  • Varknek - 2010-12-18 17:15

    It is quite unfortunate, but every time a SA Youth organisation open their mouths I believe the opposite. What a ignorant violent bunch.

  • Mpho R - 2010-12-18 17:15

    The media should declare a blackout on this circus of power mongers.

  • eMgazini - 2010-12-18 18:07

    This is one of the reasons why I remain with the ANC, leaders come and go and no-one is bigger than the ANC. Of course, it's not possible to like all the leaders, but we in the ANC have got the assurance that we will always go to a conference and elect leaders come rain or sunshine, we have never been to a circus of elective conferences like our friends in the Circus of da People. Having said that I feel bad that Cope is in such a mess, we in the ANC are not afraid of opposition, we do not wish for Cope to be a still-born as they have become, we need them alive because we want to humiliate them in elections. My view is that both Lekota, Shilowa and the top executive must leave Cope and give new leaders an opportunity to rescue this political party.

  • Jimmy - 2010-12-18 19:00

    In the next elections, Cope will struggle to get at least 1% votes. The thing is COPE (Circus of people) concentrated much on money and leadership than on the strong directed campaign that should have promoted the party to the highest level of integrity and loyalty. Look at Zille smartest idea, she made an impact by establishing an alliance with ID, with the aim of increasing the forces for the next election. While cope do the opposite. Hai man

  • Jimmy - 2010-12-18 19:02

    In the next elections, Cope will struggle to get at least 1% votes. The thing is COPE (Circus of people) concentrated much on money and leadership than on the strong directed campaign that should have promoted the party to the highest level of integrity and loyalty. Look at Zille smartest idea, she made an impact by establishing an alliance with ID, with the aim of increasing the forces for the next election. While cope do the opposite. Hai man

  • G_MAN - 2010-12-18 21:01

    I'm glad i reserved my right to vote! At the moment, political parties are only interested in power and money, the day i feel there is a party, that is actually interested in changing this country for the better, i'll vote!

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