Cope interdict appeal postponed

2010-06-04 10:37

The appeal against an interdict preventing the Congress of the

People (Cope) from holding an election until September has been postponed in the

high court in Johannesburg.

The case will resume on Tuesday when judgment will be handed


Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota won an urgent interdict on Saturday

preventing a party conference from electing new leadership.

He had successfully argued that the party’s national committee had

previously agreed to make the scheduled electoral conference a policy conference

and postpone the election for four months to September.

After the interdict, the conference passed a vote of no confidence

in Lekota and made Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa the party’s acting


Shilowa is attempting to overturn the interdict, which would then

allow an election in which he could be chosen as Cope president.


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