Lekota ‘using courts’ to cling to power

2010-06-07 13:01

Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota was using the courts to cling to

power, the party’s Western Cape chairman, Mbulelo Ncedana, said today.

“Cope is a democratic party and its decisions are founded on

democratic processes,” Ncedana told a media briefing in Cape Town.

“No court or leaders can change that or run away from elective

congresses forever.”

Ncedana was reacting to Sunday’s judgment by the high court in

Johannesburg which in effect overturned the vote of no confidence against Lekota

taken at the party’s recent national congress.

Judge Rami Mathopo described the vote of no confidence as an

“ambush” and “illegal”, and said it showed a “flagrant disregard for the rules

of natural justice”.

Ncedana queried whether the judge had had the facts before him when

he said there had been no quorum. He said the congress had needed two-thirds of

delegates to get under way, and then 50% plus one to take any decision.

“There was more than 50 plus one when the vote of no confidence was

taken,” he said.

“In fact, the congress proceeded with more than two-thirds majority

right through until it was adjourned.

“Now, I’m asking the question: what is it that the judge used to

arrive at these decisions that he has arrived at?”

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