Lekota pulls out of Cope conference, seeks interdict

2010-05-29 07:39

Congress of the People (Cope) president Mosiuoa Lekota will seek a

court interdict to prevent the party’s elective conference from proceeding in

Pretoria this morning, spokesperson Phillip Dexter said.

Dexter said: “The core founding leadership of Cope have decided to

withdraw from the conference and to institute an urgent court interdict to

prevent the hijacking of the party by a factionalist group set on destroying it,

and to prevent further abuse of party resources.”

Lekota’s move follows a decision by the party’s delegates to reject

the congress national committee (CNC) proposal to convert the conference from an

elective conference into a policy one.

According to Dexter: “The CNC unanimously resolved on Thursday to

convert the status of the national congress planned for this weekend to a policy

conference, with the national elective congress being postponed to


“On Friday however, the Shilowa faction decided to renege on this

agreement and proclaim the illegitimate and unconstitutional elevation of the

policy conference to a national elective congress.”

Lekota was expected to brief the media on the new developments at a

media briefing to be held in Kempton Park at 10am.

Meanwhile, Cope general secretary Charlotte Lobe maintained in a

separate statement that the elective conference will proceed “as envisaged” on


Lobe will fully brief the media at 11am at St George’s Hotel

outside Pretoria.


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