Cope suspends youth leader

2009-09-22 12:27

COPE youth leader Anele Mda has been suspended, the party said on


The Congress of the People’s congress working committee (CWC) said

this was decided at a meeting on “several organisational matters” that was held


“Having deliberated extensively, the CWC concluded that the gravity

of the matters raised was significantly important and contrary to what the

Congress of the People stands for. They merited immediate and decisive action on

the part of the party.

“The CWC therefore decided that Ms Mda should be suspended from all

leadership structures of the party... pending a disciplinary process on the

matter,” said Cope secretary general Charlotte Lobe.

This hearing came after the CWC received a letter of complaint from

its deputy general secretary, Deidre Carter against Mda, the convenor of the

Cope Youth Movement.

Mda landed in hot water last November when the party had to

apologise for a remark she made about President Jacob Zuma, who was acquitted of

rape in 2006.

Mda, in the run-up to general elections reportedly called Zuma a

rapist and said if the ANC was re-elected into government under him “rape would

no longer be a criminal offence”.

“The CWC... regrets that, due to the need for it to give this

matter serious consideration, it has taken longer than it would have liked to

address this matter,” Lobe said.

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