Cope KZN: Interim leadership sets up task team

2010-10-26 00:00

THE Congress of the People (Cope) in KwaZulu-Natal now has two parallel leadership structures, following the establishment of a team consisting of six Cope regions that has declared a vote of no confidence in the provincial leadership.

In a statement, spokesperson of the new leadership Lundi Mtatambi said a meeting was held in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend where a new structure called the provincial task team was established until an elective conference can be convened to elect new leaders.

This follows the vote of no confidence in the provincial leadership, which was tabled at a national working committee (NWC) of Cope national leadership last week.

“The weekend meeting was attended by leaders of six of the nine regions of Cope KZN. The leaders compiled a list of grievances that led to their expressing a vote of no confidence in their provincial leaders.

“Most of these grievances had to do with mismanagement of funds in the province, a lack of transparency and poor leadership,” Mtatambi said.

He said Bheki Ntofontofo Khusi from Ugu region was elected as chairperson of the task team, while Khumbulani Nene of Pietermaritzburg region became the secretary.

Mtatambi said among the tasks to be performed is an audit of branches to eliminate “ghost branches”, setting up a finance committee to oversee finances, convening an elective provincial conference to elect permanent leaders, and to prepare the party for the local government elections next year.

Cope’s KZN provincial secretary, Philip Mhlongo, insisted that, despite the passing of the vote of no confidence in the provincial leadership, their leadership structure remains intact.

This means that Cope KZN has two structures in place — the provincial interim leadership group (PILG) and the task team.

Cope’s national spokesperson, Philip Dexter, said last week that a national task team comprising him, Smuts Ngonyama and Ndzipho Mkhaliphi was established to investigate developments in KZN.

Dexter said it was to be discussed at the meeting of Cope’s national office-bearers which took place last night.

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