Lekota to challenge no confidence vote in court

2010-05-31 10:56

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota will take legal action today to overturn

a vote of no confidence in him.

“We will take steps to change that today,” he said.

Lekota arrived at his office today after the vote of no confidence

was taken at a closed conference over the weekend.

The conference delegates chose party deputy president Mbhazima

Shilowa as the new acting president.

The only staff members present at the Cope offices in Braamfontein,

Johannesburg today were Lekota supporters.

Lekota said he would call a meeting of Cope’s congress national

committee (CNC) in the next day or two to discuss the future of the embattled


However, before the CNC could meet, the vote of no confidence had

to be removed.

“If the CNC have to operate as they should, there must be the

setting aside of another president or two presidents,” he said.

Lekota was adamant that he remained president and that no decision

taken during the weekend regarding leadership was valid.

He said the nominations for leadership agreed to at the congress

were a violation of the CNC decision “as well as a disregard of the court


Lekota and his supporters on Saturday obtained a court interdict

preventing the conference from holding any elections.

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