Cope: Sakloo attacked for ‘lies’ over talks with ANC

2008-11-19 00:00

Former MK member Raymond Sakloo, who became a leading light for the Congress of the People (Cope) in KZN, is in hot water for making misleading statements about ANC senior leaders.

The Post newspaper yesterday quoted Sakloo as saying that he and Cope national leader Mosiuoa Lekota had met ANC MEC for Transport Bheki Cele and Omie Singh, an ANC member of the provincial legislature, on Friday evening.

Both leaders have denied meeting Cope leaders.

Cope provincial leaders have also distanced themselves from Sokloo’s statement and they have vowed to take stern action against him.

Cope provincial convener Nhlanhla Buthelezi said he is shocked by Sokloo’s “lies”, adding that they would discipline him.

“We really do not know why he said it. It is a blatant lie and we distance ourselves from it. We do not want the public to consume lies. What he said is unfair to Cele and Singh. What if the ANC fires them for something which is not true? It is not our strategy to tell lies.” He said Cele and Singh have not featured in their discussions.

When asked to comment and told that his party was not pleased with the statement he had made, Sokloo claimed that the newspaper had put words in his mouth.

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