Lekota camp wins election interdict

2010-05-29 14:06

A Johannesburg High Court judge has issued an interdict preventing

the Congress of the People (Cope) electoral conference from going ahead.

Judge Motsamai Makume ruled that the election was in contravention

of a resolution by the party’s congress national committee (CNC) earlier this


Makume said: “The first respondent is interdicted from conducting

elections. The first respondent is hereby ordered to defer elections for four


The first respondent was the party itself.

Responding to questions on the ruling at the conference, Cope

deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa said: “When we are informed [of the court

decision] we will act accordingly.”

Makume earlier said he didn’t have any choice to let the

application go forward.

Shilowa’s legal representative said that he had not received any

instruction from his clients regarding the application.

Lekota’s lawyer, advocate Hilton Epstein, argued that elections for

the leadership positions in the party were already underway at the time and the

hearing could not wait until 4pm.

Epstein said: “As I’m talking they’ve started the elections. It is

clearly an attempt to railroad this (the application).”

Judge Makume agreed that the matter was urgent. He said it was

clear that the election was going forward before the court had had the

opportunity to hear the matter.

He instructed Shilowa’s advocate to phone his client to receive


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