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'So-called members' trying to destroy Cope

2012-09-22 20:13

Johannesburg - " So-called members of Cope"  are trying to destroy the party through litigation and other means, a faction of the party aligned to leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Saturday.

"The Congress of the People views the numerous and continuous actions of litigation to block it from convening its Congress as a strategy that is part of a broader agenda to destroy the party," it said in a statement.

The Lekota faction believed this was because the party was the greatest threat to the African National Congress' political dominance.

"The concerted attempts to defraud the party coffers and other actions by ‘so-called members of Cope’ that have brought the name of the party into disrepute are all part of that same strategy."

On Friday the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that the divided party could not hold its national elective congress in October.

Judge Fritz van Oosten interdicted the party from preparing for and holding the congress, pending a hearing on 1 February next year to determine who should lead the party.

The faction aligned to expelled Cope leader Mbhazima Shilowa was not satisfied with the ruling.

Members of Cope "are the one[s] to determine their leadership and not the courts of laws", spokesperson Zale Madonsela said in a statement.

She said the Shilowa faction decided at a conference on Friday to reiterate its call for the elective conference to take place before the end of the year.

It would send an invitation to the Lekota faction to discuss practical steps towards an inclusive congress.

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-22 20:28

    Cope still exists...!!??

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 20:42

    Their'e still Coping.... Hahahaha

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 20:45

    Thanks iPad for turning my they're

  • Ernest - 2012-09-22 20:56

    rise cope rise iwill always stick with u because my past is still haunting me and my pressent burrying me alive you my last option at the moment.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-22 21:00

      Rather see a Psychologist...

      joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-22 21:14

      I understand your pain about the past, but think of the future of our children. The DA currently has the best track record and future plans compared to the the new ANC. They have sold the legacy of Nelson Mandela down the river. Cope is an option, but they don't hold enough votes to make concrete changes. I pray for a brighter future for us all regadless who is in charge.

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 21:11

    And see him soon... Please?

  • Ernest - 2012-09-22 21:35

    @joe.peters what if may cope and DA come together and make one big opposition party because all ican see is that we all fed up with this current corrupt gvt and if we can combine those 2 that will be the best rainbow sa politicl party ever in SA HISTORY

      mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-22 23:16

      Lwandle stop fooling yourself. fantasizing in black and white is not good for you. go see the psychologist.

  • chris.whittaker.9047 - 2012-09-23 00:03

    To all those who continue with 'are they still around': yes they are. Read the paper and online sites, watch the news. Just because they don't make a statement every time the ANC sneezes doesn't mean they cease to exist. Do you remember Lekota was kicked out of parliament for standing up to the President or has the DA lowering the speed limit in Cape Town become more important?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-23 07:18

      @chris- when COPE was formed amid fanfare, glitz and glamour I was one of those who thought it was a breeze of fresh air in a polluted political landscape. My dreams were short-lived when it became Lekota vs Shilowa's battleground. If we were living in an ideal world of which we are not both men should step down and new leaders of any colour or creed or sex elected. But, hey, we are living in a world where people feed their inflated egos on anything that places them in a limelight that makes them feel important. I rest my case!

      chris.whittaker.9047 - 2012-09-23 08:53

      @ Siphom. I agree that the in-fighting must end. If both factions work together instead of against each other we might see the potential Cope's arrival promised. People need an alternative to the ANC and the DA alone will not be enough. In spite of their hard work the DA lost the official opposition in national elections to a new party only a few months old.

  • sean.kedian - 2012-09-23 11:04

    The main person destroying the party from the inside is Lekota himself

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-09-23 11:46

    not a cause, rather an effect. cope is not in trouble because people are trying to destroy it. your old anc tendencies are just catching up with you, thats all.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-23 12:48

    It is a real shame that Cope went the way it did. I really thought they would be a great alternative to vote for. But human egos at play makes a mess of everything.

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